Why Are Bandit Signs
Beautification is the simplest answer.
But if you want to get really
- The type of sign commonly used, coroplast, is non-biodegradable. But, it
is at least recyclable,
provided you pick them up and actually recycle them.
- Beyond the coroplast, the ties many posters use to erect the signs, including
metal hooks, roofing tacks, bolts and nails eventually detach and fall to the
ground, which increases the hazard of tire punctures for vehicles.
- Once signs
are put up, the owners rarely remove them. They eventually fall to the ground
over time and add to an epidemic littering problem plaguing Philadelphia.
signs are designed to scream out for attention at motorists, who are already
distracted enough as it is. Streetscapes that are inundated with bandit signs
increase the visual chaos of the street and reduce the amount of time that
drivers spend looking at really important public signs, like traffic controls.
- There is usually nothing on the sign that clearly shows who the owner of the
business is, other than a phone number in large print, and it’s not that
straightforward tracing people down with just a phone number (but it’s possible!
That’s why Bandit Project needs the information you collect).
- Most of the
signs are advertising scams. If you are hit by these scams, good luck whining to
the FTC, or to the Pennsylvania AG, or to the City, for being caught up in a
scam commonly advertised on nameless bandit signs. Consumer protection bureaus
are bogged-down with complaints all the time and few want to spend the brain
energy playing Matlock on skip-tracing the scammers.
- Bandit signs
contribute to blight.
See a bandit sign that bugs you? Report it!