Last year, there were 7.2 million reported cases of property crime in the U.S. including theft and unlawful destruction of property. Vandalism does more than just cause damage; it steals your peace of mind. Repairing damaged property requires a lot of time and effort and can take a heavy toll on your finances. Some examples of vandalism include breaking windows, lights, doors, graffiti, etc. However, there are steps you can take to help prevent vandals from wreaking havoc on your home or commercial property.
1. Add Extra Lighting
Vandals often work in the dark! So, make sure the outside of your property is well-lit, especially during night-time hours. Exterior lights with motion detectors can sometimes be enough to scare away potential intruders. Be sure to check all lightbulbs regularly and keep a couple of interior lights on to show that someone's inside.
2. Install Security Cameras
Security cameras can be helpful in monitoring outside activity and can sometimes discourage vandals from following through with their property damaging plans. Footage from these cameras can also come in handy for police if your home or business is vandalized.
3. Always Lock Up Before You Leave
Prevent trespassers from entering by making sure all doors and windows are locked before you leave. Using deadbolt locks if you have them can add extra security by making it more difficult for criminals to break in.
4. Use Your Bushes to Your Advantage
Greenery that surrounds your home or business can be a simple and easy way to prevent vandalism, as they provide an effective barrier between them and your property. This is especially true when the bushes or shrubs have thorns or prickly leaves, which can make it harder for vandals to crawl or climb through them.
5. Fence in Your Yard
Fences are a great tool to keep your home or business safe and help maintain privacy. They make it more difficult for trespassers to enter your property.
6. Cover Your Windows
The majority of vandals will only destroy property if they feel comfortable enough to do it. Keeping your windows covered with blinds, curtains, or drapes and having lights on inside can make them less certain of whether anyone is present.
Has your property fallen victim to vandalism? You can count on the restoration professionals at Menold Construction and Restoration to react quickly and restore your property to its original condition. We understand that acting fast is critical when it comes to home or commercial vandalism restoration. Call us any time day or night on our emergency service line at 877-636-6537.