What Is Vandalism?
Vandalism can range from dropping a small piece of litter on the street through to arson and other blatant acts of vandalism.
It is unsightly and can in some instances be dangerous to the public.
- Dumping of refuse
- Smashing of windows and bus shelters
- Fouling of pavements and greenspaces
- Abandoned vehicles
- Interference with road signs
How to Stop Vandalism in a Neighborhood?
Vandalism in your community can be a major problem, and it should be a high concern since it is often the harbinger of more serious crime. But you are not helpless, there are ways to stop vandalism in your neighborhood, here's how.
- Get to know your neighbors. It is important that you know the people around you and in your community. This makes it much easier to spot someone that doesn't belong and may be there to simply cause problems.
- Form a community association or neighborhood watch program. You can't fight vandalism on your own, so it is important that you engage your neighbors and others in your community in your battle as well. This not only helps them take a more active interest, but it also provides them with the opportunity to get to know each other.
- Hold parties and social activities in your neighborhood. Getting to know your neighbors goes beyond knowing their name and face. You should develop a friendship or trust of some type so they know to watch your back while you are watching theirs.
- Meet new neighbors as they move in. A great way to spot new neighbors is by watching homes that are for sale. Once you see the sign disappear go over and introduce yourself.
- Talk to your neighbors if you see something suspicious. Even if it is nothing, talking to them allows them to see you are concerned and take an interest, which will encourage them to do the same.