How to Prevent Teens from Vandalizing Property?


How to Prevent Teen Vandalism
Many ideas have been suggested over the years regarding how to prevent teen vandalism from occurring in the first place. Because boredom plays such a large role in vandalism, a great way to eliminate the temptation for causing trouble is to provide teens with healthy alternatives. Encourage your teen to take up a sport or extracurricular activity. If your local high school doesn’t offer anything your teen is interested in, allow him or her to join a gym or exercise class, like martial arts or yoga. Your teen can also benefit from adult classes in the community, like art classes or pottery at a local studio or community college. Often, teens can take college classes and transfer the credits to the college of their choice when and if they decide to attend college after high school. They can take most electives without a prerequisite, and might enjoy the taste of adulthood that goes along with taking classes at a higher learning institute. Many youth groups independent of the public school system can also be a great outlet for your teen. Many religious organizations even have youth groups or resources for safe teen activities.

Another idea is to allow your teen to get a job. Whether it’s babysitting, dog walking, or a job at the mall, part-time jobs are usually very flexible with high school students, and help instill a strong work ethic and sense of responsibility in your teen. They can also earn some extra money for date nights, college, spring break trips or even their own car. When teens have a big ticket item to save towards, it can often encourage them to work harder and save diligently, and these are the kinds of lessons that will stick with them for the rest of their lives!

There are things you can do to help stop teen vandalism, even if you aren’t a parent or do not have a teen who participates in illegal or mischievous activities. As a taxpayer and voter, you can support ballot initiatives to create youth centers or youth oriented programs in your community that will help keep local kids off the streets and out of trouble. Many organizations run on volunteer support, and can always use the help of community members willing to mentor or help out with time or money.

If you see an area that has been damaged or defaced by teen vandalism, report it immediately, and if it’s your own property, make any necessary repairs as soon as you are cleared to do so by local authorities. Often, vandals will re-hit an area if they believe nobody is watching or nobody cares that it has been defaced. If they notice that you do care about the property and are aware of their previous indiscretions, they may be afraid to attempt a second strike for fear of getting caught.