We here at Viking Property Services have noticed a difference in our city over the last several years. Some good, some not so good. In this instance, we are referring to the overwhelming number of homeless camps. We have been called out for homeless camp clean ups a quite a few this year and have some do’s & do not’s for you out there that may be dealing with this epidemic on your property.
Never approach a homeless camp alone. Make yourself known when you approach the camp, and try not to sneak up on them. Avoid confrontation at all costs, and call the police if needed. If you handle the cleanup yourself, make sure you have all the necessary personal protective wear. Safety glasses, puncture resistant gloves, mask, boots or work shoes.
Look at EVERYTHING you touch. Wherever you plan to put your hands or feet, look first. It could save your life or the life of others. The last thing anyone needs is to get stuck with a broken syringe or cut by glass & other sharp objects.
Don’t do it alone. A lot of trash & waste can accumulate in a small area. What looks like a couple hours of work can end up taking a few days. Recruit some help from a family member or friend in order to be safe & work effectively for longer. Safety first, then teamwork!
Be sure to use the highest of caution when in or around a homeless camp. Often people are the most unpredictable when in desperate situations. We care about everyone’s safety and hope these tips help if you end holding the bag open for the person you’re helping.
For more information on homeless camp clean ups, contact us today.