Vandalism During the Pandemic
Social distancing is the new norm for our society during this pandemic. Most people have been staying safe inside their homes. Unfortunately, there are some who are taking advantage of this momentous opportunity to do harm to their local communities.
While cities remain closed, they now face the concerns and troubles that come from vandalism including “spray-painted bleachers, missing signage, damaged athletic fields, torn-up synthetic playground surfacing and deliberately dismantled playground equipment.”
Vandalism is costly and dangerous to communities. Destructive activity tends to increase when people are vacant, such as holidays or weekends. Sadly, rascals are taking advantage of the pandemic and creating a heyday, intending to vandalize and terrorize cities. Local parks receive the worst of the damage.
What should a community do?
Here are some measures that cities should take to protect their cities from vandalism during this pandemic:
- Communities should offer after school virtual programs for youth, especially inviting to those with destructive tendencies.
- Cities should increase their budget for educating the community on how much vandalism costs them.
- Security measures should be implemented, such as crime deterrent cameras that prevent vandalism.
Vandalism is damaging to communities, but it can be fought by investing a little effort into crime prevention tools and systems, such as the examples above.