Examples of vandalism include altering or defacing road signs and spray painting a person’s property with the intent of disfiguring it. Other forms of vandalism include scratching paint off another person’s car, defacing public benches and walls with graffiti, and breaking someone’s windows.
Additionally, slashing the tires of someone’s car amounts to vandalism, and so does interrupting public infrastructure such as power lines, telephone lines, and water and sewerage services. Authorities may consider the possession of items associated with crime to be vandalism. For example, a teenager found with a can of spray paint may be considered a vandal.
Vandalism may be defined as any willful behavior to deface public property or disfigure a person’s private property without permission. Vandals often cause damage to street signs, posters, billboards, building walls and windows, and other public spaces. While the law clearly categorizes these acts as crime, some individuals deem such acts as art.
When found guilty of vandalism, suspects may be punished by serving a term in jail or paying a fine. The form of punishment may vary from one state to another. Some jurisdictions have laws that regulate the purchase of aerosol containers and spray paints that may be used for graffiti.