Did you know that graffiti is the most common type of property vandalism? Other types of vandalism include breaking windows, removing /defacing signage, as well as trash dumping from receptacles.
No doubt financial loss can occur from these acts of vandalism. Vandalism is impossible to prevent, however there are measures that businesses, schools and other organizations can take to help prevent this type of demoralization.
If you can understand when and where vandals typically strike then your strategy on prevention will be that much better. Vandals usually strike during late evening hours when it is dark and there is little or no surveillance around the property. Like other crimes, if your building has been vandalized once, chances are it will be vandalized again, if not repeatedly.
Here are some easy steps to follow towards prevention and minimizing occurrences of vandalism:
- At end of the day, walk-through of the building to ensure everyone has left.
- Lock all doors, windows and gates surrounding the property when leaving the building . If a lock is broken, repair it immediately.
- Install tamper-resistant hardware around doors and windows.
- Have perimeter lighting around buildings installed. Conserve electricity by placing lights on motion sensors.
- Ensure that exterior lighting is in good working order, replacing burnt-out bulbs immediately.
- Cut back dense trees and bushes next to the building. Remove tree branches below 7’ from trees adjacent to the building and keep shrubbery trimmed below 4’ to eliminate hiding places.
- Make sure windows are visible from the street.
- Keep a log of people entering and exiting the facilities.
- Do not tag keys with the address of the building or any other identification that would be evident to an outsider.
- Change or re-key locks once a key has been lost.