Criminal damage is where a person destroys or damages property belonging to another. The damage caused must be deliberate or reckless, and permanent to be classed as criminal damage.
This is the type of crime that has a high level of repeat victimisation - nationally, around a third of victims are targeted again within a year. This type of offence undermines the pride people take in their community.
If you run a business it can affect staff morale and be off putting to customers. It can also lead to an increased risk of other types of crime - burglars are more likely to target properties that have already had criminal damage.
What can be done?
- Specific crime incidents should be reported to the Police by calling the single non-emergency number - 101
- Improve surveillance - look at investing in CCTV or talk to other local businesses about working together and supporting each other
- Carry out repairs quickly to reduce the risk of escalation. Contact your Crime and Disorder Reduction Officer for advice on improving security
- Talk to your local Community Support Officer - they can take details of the general problem and complete a citizen's contact record with you