Vandalism sucks, and it happens to all of us. Whether it’s somebody spray painting on your property or just leaving their garbage all around town and ruining the public space you share, vandalism is a growing problem in many parts of the world. In the past, it’s been a problem all on its own, because we haven’t had any real good solutions. Sure, we could put up signs and stuff, but at this point in time, those signs aren’t really doing much to deter vandals.
Luckily, there are simple deterrents that can help prevent people from vandalizing urban spaces. Here are a few to get you started:
1) Stop loitering with high-frequency sound
A simple tool like the mosquito speaker can deter teenagers from loitering in a particular area. It emits an irritating high-frequency sound that only people under the age of 25 can hear.
2) Plant thorning bushes
No one likes encountering thorns from plants. Using plants to form a barrier is a cost-effective and attractive way to protect your property and prevent vandalism. The plant barrier can be as simple as a low hedge or as complicated as a natural hedgerow. The key is to cover the area so that it is too troublesome to bother getting through.
3) Put up trellises
Continuing on the theme of using simple methods to stop vandalism, adding a trellis to your fence increases its height without ruining the aesthetics. Anyone looking to climb your fence is more likely to look for an easier target. If you also allow plants like roses to grow up the trellis, it will further deter vandals from entering your property.
4) Set up cameras
Cameras are a great deterrent and a good way to catch those that can’t be deterred by the other methods listed in this article. Remember, the more you can do to increase security while keeping your property attractive, the less likely it is that people will try to vandalize your property.
5) Install security lighting
As much as cameras can help you catch those who are vandalizing your property, security lighting is great at deterring would-be vandals. In addition, decorative ground lights can be used in the right areas to leave intruders feeling exposed and vulnerable.
6) Keep on top of maintenance
There’s nothing that attracts vandals more than a property that looks like it’s falling apart. So, keep on top of things like painting and grass cutting. If people start to notice, they’ll take that as a sign that your property is abandoned.
7) Add security equipment to community spaces
Many people who vandalize public spaces do so because they believe the space to be abandoned or unused. Adding signage or other indicators that you take an active role in the upkeep of your neighborhood will deter those who are scoping out the area for opportunities to vandalize and encourage residents to report suspicious behavior.
Vandalism can be very costly, as well as a pain. To help prevent vandalism, all you have to do is use methods that deter vandals without making your property look bad. The above list is by no means comprehensive, but it should get you started in the right direction.