Scribble here, doodle there, Vandalism everywhere! This is the most known type of vandalism but how the dictionary define vandalism, it is any intentionally or purposively destruction of any public or private property. I have been weighing my thoughts about this matter for a while. It is actually the most sought topic on debates so I will be mentioning the causes, effects and possible solutions for the subject.
“Freedom of expression”—that is what vandals are fighting for. They kept on convincing the state that it is their way of expressing their feelings. BUT! As in B-to-the-U-to-the-T, I believe that everything has its limitation. Metaphorically speaking, “Try spreading your arms widely, that’s how broad your freedom is, but when you’ve hit someone, that marks your limit”.
Vandalism could be a sign of rebellion. Lack of parental guidance or attention could be a cause. Vandals do such acts to regain attention or recognition. Also, vandalism could be a sign of petitions. We can see that there are these groups of people that destroy public properties to send messages or to use it as an eye-opener to the government. In addition, Vandalisms are done due to peer pressure. We, the youth, acts abruptly. We follow the trend on a circle of friends to prove that we are independent or can do anything. Teens are the type of go-with-the-flow unlike the adults that already have their principles in life that is why teens are ready to do anything that is treated as cool within their friends. The downfall of this is the monetary backfire to the government. Just imagine if one vandalize a public property and the government has to fund for repair, it is such a waste of money instead of using it for other public purposes. Also, if one would vandalize a private property, it is such a hassle to the owner. Overall it is disrespect to the owner. When I was on my 11th grade, our teacher on Understanding Politics, Culture and Society taught us the human rights. It was stated on the Universal Declaration of human rights about the right to property.
I would suggest on installing more CCTVs especially to the streets. Also, improve the penalty on the violation of the law. Well, we have to give importance on the value of discipline. In addition, home is where it all starts. Parents should provide enough attention and discipline to their child. Self-awareness must be pointed out. I also think that schools must strictly observe the “no vandalism” policy. Even if it is on the code of conduct, we can see that it is still not properly observed. I could still see scribbles on tables and doodles on the comfort room. We should keep in mind that we deprive our next generations of their heritage if we harm public and private property and deface the aesthetics of the surrounding. Now, can you set a good example to others?