Vandalism is an unfortunate category of crime that plagues our nation. According to Statista, 7,196,045 cases of property damage were reported in the United States in 2018. While this statistic is down from a ten-year high of 9,774,152 in 2008, this number is still far too big. In today’s blog, we’ll take a look at the steps you should take to address vandalism at your home.
Vandalism Repair Tip #1: Take Photographs Before You Repair or Replace Anything
If you return home to find some damage to your property caused by vandalism, it’s important to document everything in its existing condition. This means taking photographs and possibly filing a police report. These are important things to have a record of, especially if you plan to contact your homeowner’s insurance to assist with the repair costs. It’s also a great idea to take photographs throughout the repair process so that you have a record in the event that your vandals are caught and charged with a crime.
Vandalism Repair Tip #2: Have the Damage Repaired Quickly
Once you have documented the damage and spoken with the insurer, it’s essential to have the damage repaired immediately. The main reasons for this is it might present a safety hazard. Repairing something like a broken window will allow you to return your home to a completely whole condition. In many cases, graffiti vandalism occurs because teenagers want their work seen. Painting over a tagged garage door sends a strong message.
Vandalism Repair Tip #3: Update Your Security to Prevent Future Incidents.
As soon as the damage has been repaired, it’s time to look at how you can improve your home security to prevent future vandalism. Consider what makes your home attractive to vandals. Do you display your valuables in plain sight? Can they see where you park your car? What about your exterior lighting? If your home lacks exterior lighting, it’s time to think about increasing the security presence on your property.
Installing a security system, video cameras, or more elaborate landscaping designs can make it harder for vandals and thieves to access your property. Often, making these changes will deter others from bothering your property.
ABCO Restoration: Adding Peace of Mind to Your Home and Family
Recovering from vandalism is a challenging process, but you are not alone. The team at ABCO Restoration is ready to assist you in repairing existing damage and in preventing future vandalism. Don’t hesitate–contact us to learn more about our restoration and prevention services today!