Why do some people do criminal damage?

@maximax8 (28558)
United Kingdom
August 30, 2009 6:42am CST
A shop in my local town sells paintings. It had the words "Smashing Sale" in the window. Then someone went and smashed the window. The police are trying to prevent criminal damage in my local town but that is so difficult for them. Why do some people do criminal damage? Does that sort of thing happen in your locality?
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@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
31 Aug 09
Perhaps the guy was challenged by the words "Smashing Sale" and so smashed the window. LOL. I do think often these people who commit crimes have some sort of mental block somewhere. They are not able to distinguish between what's right or wrong, what's should be done and what's not. They could be venting their inner frustrations or grivences the wrong way.
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@Iriene88 (5352)
• Malaysia
1 Sep 09
Dear whyaskq, You have a very good point there... The word 'Smashing Sale' is very tempting to them to act on it! In Malaysia, most of our public telephone booths, signage are being the victim of this sort of vandalism! Some even smash those cars parked at housing area. It happens at my area 2 years back where all the 8 cars parked outside the houses were smashed, coins was taken, highway toll card was taken too! All the best and do keep in touch!
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@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
2 Sep 09
For those who smashes windscreens to get the cashcard or whatever is in the car, I think they are really desperate for money. In a way, I do think we should thank these people to teach the car owners a lesson. LOL.
@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
30 Aug 09
Hi Maximax, that sort of thing doesn't happen round here where people respect each others property and crime is very low. We've had the odd bit of grafitti painted on the bus shelter but it was a bit of a giveaway that the culprits weren't actually legal here by the strange use of language used. And when a boy defaced a chair at the school he was immediately made to pay for a new chair so they know how to stop that sort of thing right from the start.
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@Iriene88 (5352)
• Malaysia
1 Sep 09
Dear Thea, I like the place you live..it is indeed a nice play to grow up with very minimal vandalism! In Malaysia, many public telephone booth and road signage are not spared from vandalism. It is really inconsiderate and this deprive public from finding a decent reliable public phone to call during emergency! Some creative grafitti here and there is acceptable...but here in Malaysia even the public toilets are written all kind of 'dirty' words...unbearable at times Thanks and do keep in touch!
@ptrikha_2 (10212)
• India
5 Sep 09
Well, We have good patrolling by Police in our localities . Yet , there are sporadic cases of Burglary or Chain Snatching by hooligans at times . It is important to be careful in certain things like avoiding dark and lonely places very late in the night ; or being careful when leaving one's House and making sure one's house is properly locked.
@williamjisir (22903)
• China
31 Aug 09
Hello maximax. I think that it is out of the double meanings of the word "smashing" that made the guy smashed the window. Maybe he thought it was to smash (break)it into pieces, but in fact, "smashing" here means differently. It means "wonderful" sale. Could this be, please? This is my understanding to Smashing Sale. Of course, we don't have this kind of thing happen in our locality. Good day to you, friend.
@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
31 Aug 09
i guess these people have psychological problems. they find it fun when they are able to do damage to someone's property. they find it some sort of challenge probably, from gangmates?
30 Aug 09
Hi max, That is so disgusting how some idiots behave and cannot leave things alone, I swear the goverment should bring back conscription, these people got nothing better to do and should be in the army for discipline at least, no we don't have that sort of behaviour, we used to have but now we have cctv everywhere and there are police round town a lot, so we have some peace and quiet now. Tamara
• United States
30 Aug 09
I think it may have to do with power issues. People who feel ineffectual do..oh..dumb stuff for attention from their peers and a false sense of accomplishment for victimizing someone. They think they achieve power and importance in such immature acts. I live in Atlanta and 'hate' vandalism happens with too much regularity.
@syankee525 (6294)
• United States
30 Aug 09
it simple they are jerks
@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
30 Aug 09
Hello my friend, I hope you are well! Sadly violence is spreading rapidly throughout our society as is antisocial behaviour and getting kicks and laughs out of vandalizing other peoples property. I put it down to boredom and the way society has changed, sadly for the worst, even when caught these people are not punished, it's a lack of deterrant I believe that make people break the law, they know they can get away with it and the punishment if ever caught is too lenient. The law needs to toughen up and violators need to know that the cost of doing this is going to affect them with a stiffer deterant in place. It's a sad time indeed my friend and I feel it's not going to get better.