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Criminal Damage and Arson

What are Criminal Damage and Arson?


Criminal damage is the intentional and malicious damage to the home other property or vehicles and includes graffiti.

Arson is the act of deliberately setting fire to property, including buildings and vehicles.

There are some things you can do to help prevent further criminal damage and arson attacks:

  • If your property has been damaged it’s a good idea to get it repaired quickly if you can. Vandalised property can attract people who might cause more damage.
  • Keep a record of all events that you think are related to the arson attack or any subsequent criminal damage or harassment. Note as much detail as possible, including the date and time of incidents.
  • If possible try to get photographic or video evidence. But you should only do this carefully and not put yourself at risk.
  • It’s a good idea to look at your home security and if necessary upgrade it.


Support for victims of Criminal Damage and Arson 

You can find organisations that can provide you with emotional or practical support using the directory on the left-hand side of this page.