There’s nothing worse than arriving to a busy day at work only to find that the front window has been smashed in. Not only does it look awful and make a mess, but it also creates some serious security and safety concerns for yourself, your staff and your customers. The unfortunate truth about vandalism is that it’s an everyday occurrence. You only need to look at the graffiti on fences, buildings and public transport around Melbourne to see that it’s a problem. When channelled properly, artistic talents can lead to the sort of street art that’s admired in Melbourne’s Hosier Lane but unfortunately, most vandalism has nothing to do with art and leaves businesses and homeowners with some big bills to pay. If your home or workplace has fallen victim of vandalism once, or even multiple times, you’re probably wondering how to make it stop. While there’s no single solution to the scourge of vandalism, there are a range of strategies that you can employ to deter vandals and protect your home or shop.
Act Fast on Vandalism
It’s not easy to pinpoint the goals of a vandal, but a lot of the time the purpose of vandalism is to get noticed. Whether it’s a broken window or the scrawl of graffiti, a vandal can’t take as much pride in their work if no one knows it was there. As well as this, research shows that the presence of graffiti in an area often encourages further graffiti and vandalism. This is why it’s essential to act fast when your home or business falls victim to vandalism. There are a range of services available that stamp out vandalism fast, from graffiti removal to broken window replacement .
While the fear of being caught red-handed won’t always stop a vandal in their tracks, visible security systems can certainly deter criminal activity. If you have visible external security cameras around your business it might make a vandal think twice before damaging your property. Security cameras are even an option at home, especially if you’ve fallen victim to vandals before, they don’t even need to be operational!
Shine a Light on Vandals
Similar to installing security cameras, the right lighting can also be effective in preventing vandalism. Creating a well-lit environment can make vandals hesitate before trespassing and if you’re worried about energy bills, motion sensors are a great way to let them know they’re being watched. The more visible your property is, the less likely it is to be vandalised
Inform the Authorities
Vandalism might seem like a petty crime, but you should still alert the authorities, especially after repeat offences. If you see vandalism in progress you can call 000 or to report vandalism contact your local police station or Crime Stoppers . You can even request an additional police presence in your area if you’ve been a repeat victim of vandalism. The presence of police is sure to deter vandals.
Protect Your Property
Don’t make it easy for vandals to damage your home or workplace. Make sure gates are locked and doors are closed at night. A sign that indicates private property could act as a deterrent too. Other steps like parking your car in a secure garage or installing toughened glass windows at your business can send a message to vandals too.
If you want to stop vandalism in its tracks in Melbourne then take the necessary steps. Get your broken glass repaired quickly and toughened glass installed by the team at Advance Glass. Contact Advance Glass to start protecting your home, your business and your neighbourhood today.