Do you have the tools to protect your park?
Parks face daunting threats of vandalism, graffiti, and theft. Most parks have security in place but is it enough and is the security chosen protecting your park? Everybody likes a nice shiny new tool with the bells and whistles, but not all tools can be used for all jobs. Tools are made specifically for a certain job. Security at your park should be the same.
Everyone knows a community needs a safe accessible park for the well-being of the children and adults alike. Unfortunately, there are a lot of obstacles to keep the parks safe. The National Recreation and Park Association, NRPA, does a great job in researching the planning of safe parks and supplies great tools for Park Administrators. But safe parks don’t come easily. The safety of the park is the responsibility of the park administrators, the law enforcement, and citizens themselves. It takes all involved to create a healthy community.
Besides, adequate lighting, activities that involve the community, and site managers to oversee, every park should have surveillance in place. Traditional surveillance has it value and is needed but it is not designed to stop vandalism and graffiti. Park Vandalism Cameras, specifically designed to stop quality of life crimes in parks is needed.
As you plan your park and get ready for the opening season, make sure you have the right tools to protect the park you pour your sweat and life into.