The other day my co-worker recounted his recent experience catching a vandal spray painting graffiti in his neighborhood. Not only was he happy to have the person responsible for repeated bouts of tagging away from his home, but there was a side benefit.
He found out about an initiative in San Diego called the “Spray and Pay Graffiti Rewards Program” that will pay up to $500 for information that leads to the conviction of the suspect. He has to apply and it can take up to a year to receive, but it is nice to be rewarded for something he would have done anyway.
It made me wonder what other programs are other that reward citizens for stepping up and doing their civic duty. I found a few results with Google.
Crime Stoppers is an international organization with local organizations. Their mission is to help the community be safer with a way for people to anonymously provide information about crimes. The payoff is up to $1,000 for information that helps solve the case.
The city of Raleigh, NC rewards the first person to report a sanitary sewer overflow with $50. It’s cheaper to pay this amount than large fines and cleanup for environmental damage.
The city of Anderson, CA came up with results for a $500 reward per case of illegal dumping. It requires the arrest and conviction of the person responsible. Apparently it was successful the first two year trial and extended for another two.
In Park Ridge, IL the cops are handing out gift certificates instead of tickets…sometimes. If you’re caught behaving exceptionally well the reward is a gift certificate to a local business. It’s part of the police community outreach in this city.
Many cities partner with Reycyclebank.com enabling residents to earn points based on their amount of recycling. You don’t have to live in one of these cities to take advantage of this site. I’ve earned over 1,000 points good for merchandise, coupons and more just by participating in their fun, educational activities.
These are just a few of the interesting programs out there. Does your city have reward programs for citizens? Have you ever received a reward?