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Why do people commit vandalism?

On Behalf of | Feb 10, 2022 | Property Damage |

As a small business owner, you’re shocked to get to work one day and find out that someone seriously vandalized your property. The damage is extensive and you’re going to have to be closed until it’s fixed, so this is costly.

On one hand, you are certainly interested in getting all of the compensation from your insurance company so that you can fix the damage. On the other, you find yourself wondering why someone would even do something like this in the first place – especially given the penalties if they’re caught.

Some of the more common reasons

Naturally, every vandalism case is unique, so it’s impossible to know exactly why this would happen to you. However, the Department of Justice has studied this extensively, and these are a few of the most common reasons that they have found for vandalism:

  • The individual was engaged in misguided playfulness. In other words, they thought it was fun. This often happens with teens.
  • The person wanted revenge against a specific individual. Perhaps you didn’t let someone enter your store after hours when it was locked and you were still there, and they were frustrated enough to come back later and vandalize it.
  • The individual is operating from a standpoint of malicious greed. Maybe they broke a window to steal items out of your store. It’s not just vandalism, but theft.

These are just three of the main reasons that vandalism happens, but it could also be attributed to things like political ideology or something of this nature. No matter why it has happened to you, the key is to focus on getting all the compensation you need so you can fix the store, open your doors and welcome your customers back inside.