Criminal Damage

Criminal damage can  be caused by recklessness where damage, whether intended or not, caused by an action would have been reasonably foreseen in the circumstances.

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Criminal damage is the intentional and malicious damage to the home, other property or vehicles. It also includes the offence of Arson, which is criminal damage using fire to cause the damage. 

We take all allegations of criminal damage seriously, and understand that it can be a frustrating and upsetting experience for victims.

We will investigate all cases of criminal damage and where there is enough evidence to prosecute someone, we will bring the offender to justice.

There are some things you can do to help prevent further criminal damage from occurring:

  • If property has been damaged, try to repair it as quickly as possible if you can. Vandalised property can attract people who may cause further damage.
  • Keep a detailed record of all events you believe are connected with any incidents of criminal damage. Try to record accurate dates, times and any descriptions of offenders or vehicles you may see.
  • If possible, consider installing CCTV on your property. The presence of a camera may be enough to deter criminals or provide evidence for us to progress an investigation if damage is caused.
  • Report suspicious persons or vehicles to police via 101.
  • Join Neighbourhood Watch.
  • Join the Nominated Neighbour scheme.
  • Assess your own home security measures and upgrade them if necessary. You can contact your local Crime Prevention officer for advice and guidance by dialling 101.