Vandalism is committed when someone willfully damages or defaces the property of someone else. Criminal vandalism can take many forms such as salting lawns, cutting trees without permission, egg throwing, breaking windows, arson, spraying paint on others' properties, placing glue into locks, tire slashing, keying (scratching) paint, ransacking a property, and flooding a house by clogging a sink and leaving the water running. Vandalism is sometimes considered one of the less serious common crimes, but to the person whose property has been damage it is usually very serious, stressing and time consuming to deal with or repair.

Some possible things you can do to help deter vandals in your community:

  • Install Motion Sensing Flood Lights — vandals are less likely to commit crimes in well-lit areas
  • Notify Neighbors or Establish a Neighborhood Watch Program — signs posted regarding community watches are helpful deterrents
  • Limit Access To Your Property &mdash fences and gates add one additional measure of detterence; Parking vehicles in a garage helps too
  • Install Surveillance Cameras — basic home surveillance cameras can be fairly cheap and provide additional protection
  • Notify Police of Suspicious Activity or Acts of Vandalism — police surveillance can help catch vandals and prevent future acts of crime

As part of your insurance policy, Midwest United Insurance Services can provide coverage for damage against your property from vandalism. Get in contact with us today to help determine the best way to include protection for vandalism.

Here are some more websites you can visit to find out more about preventing, reporting, and dealing with vandalism: