Vandalism, Causes And Effects
Sketches on school tables, doodles on bathroom and random scribbles in walls are just some of common ‘vandalism’ we see on our daily basis, but what does Vandalism really means? According to Merriam Webster dictionary, vandalism stands for an “action involving deliberate destruction of or damage to public or private property”. Through this definition it clearly signifies that any activities that intentionally or purposely done in damaging a property is considered to be vandalism. So, this may include people wrecking doors, breaking their windows or anything in general that harms other party’s property.
Vandalism have been a habit for different ages, but much clearly seen on delinquent teenager as they are sometimes being confined into groups with such dirty character. In other instances, people who are on strike and protesting are observed doing vandalism most especially on public properties. There are actually, wide variety of causes on why people turn into vandalism to express themselves. For teenagers who makes graffiti on wall without any permit, which are illegal, are doing vandalism to express their art on spray art or for other reason like marking their territories, in addition some resort in doing vandalism due to great emotions like jealousy and hatred towards other person that may be the owner of that property. In another example, people who participate on rally and protest are doing this vandalism to express their opinion and ideas. They do this to create a wake-up call towards the government, people who pays no attention to critical issues of our society and all of which are alike to these.
The impact of vandalism is sometimes negative also. Suppose, a certain individual express himself by vandalizing his chair through random scribbling, which is owned by government or by private sector, the problem lies on visual pollution or the problem of too many unnecessary remarks on our surrounding that makes one thing dirty or distractive. To add more, there are instances that when a kid or a young age person who seen such act might think it’s a good one or cool, he might imitate it again resulting to cycle or chain of events that leads to repetition if the young one won’t be guided or corrected. Furthermore, damage dealt to the particular property requires certain amount for repair or replacement, depending on that thing on how much it is damage and if it is still manageable to be repaired. Another point to consider here, is that when we vandalized a public property the amount of money that will be used to repair or replace the property will be deducted on national budget that, if we think practically, these funds can be used on much better purpose but instead it will be used to repair a damage property that is due to random act which applies to person who violently respond in their protests. There are some people who decide to vandalize public property that, in general perspective, isn’t beneficial and instead damages or harms properties mostly are public.
To sum up my point towards the causes and effect of Vandalism, first Vandalism is any act that is done by an individual or group of people that purposely know and understand that their act inflict damage to other’s property whether it be privately owned or publicly. The causes of vandalism are in wide range of people’s perspective, it can be due to petty reasons like being cool in the group of friends, or being bad boy image, or by just being bored. Also reasons like expressing their thoughts and emotions, mostly observed in people who have message towards other people like showing their sign of marking their territories, or informing others about a social issues and a lot more, but all of which are not enough to destroy other’s property. And lastly, the effects of vandalism goes from monetary backfire as it requires money for repair and replacements and to visual pollution which includes the danger of when a child or young age was shown that vandalising is okay, he or she will be having a problem when he/she have strayed mind set.