How to stop vandalism

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How to stop vandalism
Make sure all access doors to your propery are kept locked. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Vandals target both residential homes and office premises, perpetrating acts of vandalism such as graffiti, theft or destroying valuable equipment. Vandalism is not only expensive to rectify but can also cause emotional distress to the victims. There are several security measures, however, that you can employ to decrease the risk of vandalism affecting your premises.

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Things you need

  • Surveillance Cameras
  • Motion sensitive lighting
  • Breakproof glass

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    Ensure the interior and exterior of your house or business premises have adequate lighting. Vandals are less likely to target buildings where there is sufficient lighting as it makes them much more visible to passers by or inhabitants of buildings across the street. Installing motion sensor lighting is also an effective weapon against vandalism as they illuminate as soon as there is an unexpected visitor around the perimeter of your property. Motion sensor lighting is also environmentally friendly as it only activates when a person approaches your property.

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    Inform your neighbours if your property has been subject to acts or attempted acts of vandalism. This will create awareness in the community and encourage residents to be extra vigilant when assessing security measures. It will also encourage them to look out for any suspicious activity and notify the police. Even if no acts have been committed, exchange contact information with your neighbours and ask them to notify you if any vandalism occurs.

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    Fit surveillance cameras in your home or place of business. This will ensure your property is being monitored at all times. Cameras themselves cannot physically prevent vandalism, but their very presence will put off many vandals due to the risk of being convicted for their crimes. Make sure cameras are fitted in high, inaccessible points on your premises. Otherwise, the vandals may break them or spray over the lens before vandalising the property.

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    Notify the police immediately so they can document every act of vandalism. Reporting acts of vandalism also increases the chances of police patrols being increased. Make sure you show the police any video footage from surveillance cameras as evidence of the crime.

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    Install shatterproof glass and unbreakable fixtures where possible. Vandals are likely to get tired of unbreakable targets and turn their attention elsewhere. Make sure all gates, doors and garages connected with your offices or house are kept locked at all times. Vandals prey on vulnerabilities and unlocked gates or doors serve as a welcome sign for them to enter and damage your property. Ensure any equipment or tools associated with your business or hobbies are also kept secure. These could not only be stolen, but also used to damage your property or break through doors.

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