These photos were said to be taken upstream from the Counties water supply, just off a public walking trail.
One of the reasons these kinds of things are allowed to continue is that the root cause creators don't have to pay for the costs that come from it.
Because it doesn’t cost the real creators anything, THEY DON’T CARE.
The people who do pay are the ones who live and work nearby. They pay in the form of increased crime rates, lower property values, and constant clean up.
Lightcatch will be providing clear data to insurers showing what the enormous costs of environments like this can be. Once those costs are known and properly communicated insurers will force the right party to pay for the damages via increased premium and better public awareness.
Here are some specific examples that we’ve seen. These examples are for illustration purposes only.
a) A zombie landlord who owns undeveloped land but can’t be reached and won’t take proactive action to get illegal squatters off of the property. A zone showing the costs of crime nearby, the crime rate spike versus peer areas that don’t have a camp like this nearby, and the number of insurance claims and arrests can be delivered to a municipality. That municipality can either offset those costs via higher property taxes to that zombie property owner or risk their insurance bill as a municipality being increased for allowing a high risk environment like this to remain not dealt with.
b) A multi-unit property who has poor building security and is a harbour for illegal activity. A report can be produced showing how dangerous that zone is, how many more insurance claims, and arrests are taking place nearby versus peer zones can be established. Either that property owner pays the offset increase in costs to society or they stop the harbour of crime and thereby lower the crime rate.
c) A hotel that is a haven for drugs and illegal operations. Again, a report can be produced showing how dangerous that zone is, how many more insurance claims, how many more arrests are taking place, and how many more court cases are the result of activity from that location versus peer zones can be established. Either that property owner pays the offset increase in costs to society or they lower the crime rate in that zone by stopping the harbour of crime.
d) Injection sites that create economic havoc nearby can bear the increased costs to society via higher premiums. The costs can be public for the people to decide if they want to help the injection site bear those increased premiums or if they want the injection site to bear the increased costs.
Terms of liability can also be introduced by savvy insurance companies to create liability risk for organizations who help create these sites. Similar to a Doctor’s malpractice suit, organization who signs off on recommending the injection site, should bear the risk of lawsuit if they sign off and that injection site is then found to increase societal costs.
Getting clear visibility into your true costs of dangerous eye-sores like this are some of the advantages Admin support can deliver to a municipality.
If you own property or a business protect your property with SiteSafe. Have others nearby report all suspicious and criminal activity on the Lightcatch app as a means of collecting and gathering data regarding the true costs that are occurring to your community.
We also offer free guides how a home or business can equip itself with any vendor’s equipment and then take advantage of these advances in technology. For urban or rural property. For a business, contact us.