Vandalism is expensive.
It’s expensive, first of all, for its victims. Most obvious is the financial hardship suffered; but vandalism’s emotional impact can be even more severe. When someone has been in or close to your property, has intentionally reached out and hurt it (and, by extension, hurt you), the feeling of loss and violation can be overwhelming.
It’s expensive for the towns and cities of the Commonwealth, which can be the victims of vandalism (when it occurs in a school, a community center, or at a park or a memorial), and then in addition must track down and prosecute the perpetrators.
It’s expensive for the “vandals” themselves, a picturesque term that comes to us from the northern European barbarians of the middle ages: and modern-day vandals are just as uncaring as their namesakes. Until they’re arrested. For them, there are fines, jail time of up to five years, and automatic suspension of driver’s licenses.
So no one wins.
Once your property has been vandalized, the first—and normal—reaction is to want to get as far away from it as possible. To look the other way. To somehow do the adult equivalent of putting your hands over your ears and saying, “I can’t hear you.” It’s too much to take in at once. Your home, your business, your place of work, your possessions are extensions of yourself, and when they are vandalized it feels like you’ve been personally attacked.
The problem with this reaction, of course, is that in the long run it will make the damage worse. The sooner that cleanup can begin, the more complete and invisible that cleanup will be.
The other problem is that over-the-counter solutions aren’t made for this kind of use. What you buy at the grocery or hardware store is great for little Teddie’s crayon drawings on your wall or the time you splattered spaghetti sauce all over the stovetop; they’re simply not meant for the kind of cleanup that vandalism usually entails.
The longer that paint, food, or waste stay on a surface, the more damage will be incurred, since the underlying materials will be damaged as well. The longer you wait, the harder these stains will be to remove, and the longer you’ll experience yourself as a victim of whoever did this … rather than as a survivor who is moving forward. But there’s good news. A recent study looking at how major life traumas affect people suggests that, if the vandalism happened over three months ago, its impact on your happiness will be minimal. So with time and with some help, you can move on!
The best solution for that help is the one that will restore your property and your sense of well-being with a minimum of involvement on your part, and you can do that by immediately hiring a firm that specializes in this kind of work. We understand what you’ve been through. We know how deeply you’ve been hurt. And our number-one goal is to give you back what you lost—as quickly as possible.
So that you can get past the costs of vandalism … and get on with your life.