With Halloween around the corner, we can expect to see more mischief and property damage than any other time of the year. If your home or business is located in a downtown city, high traffic area, and/or doesn’t appear well guarded, it may have a higher risk of being targeted for vandalism or graffiti.
If someone commits willful or malicious damage to your property, you’ll want to act as soon as possible to remove or repair the vandalism. But it may not have to get that far. Here are some tips that can help prevent vandalism or graffiti from being committed to your home or business.
Tip 1: Install Bright Security Lights
Typically, vandalism is committed late at night when there is little-to-no surveillance being done on a property. Well-lit areas will make it difficult for the vandals to act without being seen. This is probably the easiest way to prevent vandalism. You can choose between motion-sensor lights or lights that remain on regardless of movement. Be sure to install these security lights both inside and outside.
Tip 2: Plant Shrubs and Bushes
Usually vandalism and graffiti are committed to send a message, express frustration, or to make money. Therefore, even though those committing the vandalism might not want to be seen, they want to make sure that their “art” is. Strategically planting large bushes and shrubs in front of buildings, signs, or even balconies, can make it more difficult for them to reach their targets. It’s best to choose plants with thorns and sharp leaves or branches.
Tip 3: Lock All Entrances And Gates
Vandalism doesn’t only happen on the exterior of a building or property. Because of this, it’s crucial to ensure any and all gates and entrances are locked overnight, and is perhaps the most affordable way to prevent vandalism. Locked security gates and doors remove your property from being an easy target and can force vandals to go elsewhere.
Tip 4: Hire Security Guards
As a last resort, you can try hiring a private security firm. Although this might not be the most affordable option, it is perhaps the most effective solution for business owners to prevent vandalism. You may want to consider this option if your property has expensive equipment such as construction equipment or homes are being built on the property.
When All Else Fails, Call ServiceMaster of Baltimore
If you’ve implemented all of the above and you’re still the victim of vandalism, you’ll need to call a professional as soon as possible to repair the damages. It may not be as simple as painting over spray paint, as graffiti vandals can use markers, metal objects, and even shoe polish to damage your property. Our team is available 24/7, 365 days a year, for your restoration needs. Please call us at 410-780-1700.