Wednesday, July 07, 2021

Don't tolerate vandals, vandalism

(My Eastern New Mexico News column for July 7, 2021)

The article in last week's paper about the problem of restroom vandalism in Clovis city parks struck a chord with me. I've seen the results myself.

I realize the people who vandalize park restrooms aren't the kind of people who read newspapers. Nor much of anything else for that matter. I'm going to express my contempt for those reprehensible creatures the rest...

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  1. Outdoor cameras with facial recognition software and a fingerprint reading lock on the exterior door. Require both a good facial scan and fingerprint read in order to enter. That should work perfectly for most areas. In real problem areas, interior cameras with powered lens covers could be utilized. In order to protect people's privacy, it could work something like this:
    1. Look into the camera while touching the fingerprint reader. The interior cameras record the state of the bathroom, then cover themselves with physical lens covers.
    2. The exterior door unlocks, the person(or group) may enter. Interior cameras remain covered, exterior door locks to prevent additional people from entering.
    3. When the group exits, the exterior door lockout is disabled and the cameras are returned to a ready state. A warning message is played in case anyone remains behind. The next time a person or group attempts to enter, a new set of photos are taken prior to permitting entry.

    1. I can see that working. No, I wouldn't really like it, but it might be better than not having a restroom available. And you aren't forced to use the restroom, either (nor fund it in my suggestion).

  2. I wonder if the individual/s were angry about actions the state had taken against them.

    1. I had considered that, but they aren't hurting the state if that's their excuse.