Vandalism is the destruction of public or private property without the property owner’s permission. Vandalism is a crime, and can lead to jail time or fines.
Types of Vandalism
1. Glass breakage: Breaking windows of a building or car without the owner’s permission is vandalism.
2. Graffiti: Graffiti is an act of vandalism which includes painting on buildings, walls, buses and trains.
3. Arson: Arson is a subset of vandalism. Vandalism is willingly destroying or defacing property, and arson falls within that definition.
4. Littering: Throwing and leaving trash on public grounds is vandalism.
5. Egging: Egging is usually done as a prank, but it is considered vandalism by law.
Jail and Fines: A jail sentence or fine for vandalism depends on the seriousness of the damage.
Restitution: Restitution is money paid to the property owner for the damage.
Probation: Probation is often punishment for a first-time vandalism offender. Violation of probation may result in jail time.