How to Handle Someone Vandalizing Your Property

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There is nothing more terrifying than waking up one morning to see one’s home vandalized. While it is too late to prevent the initial incident, there are steps that can be taken to help mitigate the risk of future acts of vandalism from occurring. Here are a few simple steps you can take to increase the security of your property during the evening hours.

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Install a Secure Fence

Vandalism is a crime that typically occurs as an impulse due to perceived opportunity. By creating a basic barrier, it is possible to reduce all but the most dedicated vandals from actually achieving their goal.

The defense does not have to be particularly tall or topped with razor wire; a simple chain-link fence will help keep your possessions secure. Remember, eliminating easy opportunities is key to reducing the total number of acts of vandalism that can occur.

Place the Camera in Plain View
While a camera may be of some use, before installing one it is important to talk to a theft and property crime lawyer. Numerous communities have laws that restrict installation of surveillance equipment on residential property.

If it is legal to install such equipment, a simple camera installed in a well lit place can reduce practically all instances of crime. It has been shown that a simple camera can increase security for not only the immediate surroundings, but for neighboring properties as well.

Install Lighting

Crime thrives in dark areas. Humankind has known this simple fact since the creation of the first cities millennia ago. We have progressed far beyond the night watchman and torchbearers that guarded the city streets after sunset. Artificial lighting has been shown to help reduce the incidence of all crimes at night.

There is a trick to this; studies have shown that altering the color of light on regular basis is the most effective way to reduce the incidence of crime. The reason being that criminals will perceive that the area is well maintained and inhabited. It is vastly easier to rob, or vandalize, a deserted area than one filled with people.

Conclusion

By taking a few simple steps, it is possible to nearly eliminate the possibility of vandalism from occurring on your property. When viewing the possibilities, consult with neighbors and law enforcement officials about what may be the most effective options available to you.

Before installing any equipment that might have civil liberties implications, consult with a theft and property crime lawyer to determine what additional liabilities you may be opening yourself up to.

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How to Handle Someone Vandalizing Your Property, Seekyt
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Janice is a writer from Chicago, IL. She created the "simple living as told by me" newsletter with more than 12,000 subscribers about Living Better and is a founder of Seekyt.