Vandalism In Parks
Why is it important to stop vandalism? If you think vandalism isn't your problem, think again. Here are a few reasons why vandalism hurts everyone.Vandalism destroys what your tax dollars have created. Each year vandals destroy thousands of dollars' worth of park facilities and equipment funded by tax dollars. A few minutes of destructive "fun" can add up to huge losses for our City's parks. Vandalism is a problem at all parks throughout Colorado Springs, costing the city nearly $65,000.00 a year. Vandalism takes dollars away from recreational programs and facilities. It costs money to repair or replace whatever a vandal's actions have destroyed. For example, the cost of removing writing from a cement or brick wall can easily reach $1000 for sandblasting costs. Replacing a destroyed bench involves high labor repair costs. Even damaged boulevard trees are costly to replace at a value at $1000 or more. Vandalism is not cool. Damaging public property through vandalism is both cowardly and uncool. Individuals who tag or use spray paint for artistic expression on public property are breaking the law and are no "cooler" than the person who breaks a window or basketball hoop on purpose. Help Stop Vandalism! Here's what you can do to help prevent and address vandalism.
- Always call 9-1-1 to report any crime in progress, including vandalism.
- If you have information about a crime that has occurred in a park, but that does not require an immediate police response, please call (719) 444-7000.
- To provide information about a crime that did not occur in a park, when an immediate police response is not needed, call your local precinct station.
- Become involved, check out the Eagle Eye Program! Much like a traditional Neighborhood Watch program, Eagle Eye asks residents to assume responsibility for the activities taking place in and around their park in order to help prevent crime and vandalism to park equipment, to alleviate suspicious activities in parks, and to promote community involvement. Seemore the Eagle mascot will make the program visible in the community and help teach children to "see" the value of parks facilities and programs in their lives.
- Finally, if you want to remain anonymous, you may call CRIME STOPPERS at (719) 634-7867. You will not be asked your name and instead will be assigned a number that will make you eligible for a reward if an arrest occurs.