Criminal Damage

If someone intentionally or recklessly destroys or damages property belonging to someone else they have committed criminal damage. Dirty, untidy and derelict areas often encourage criminal damage.


Criminal damage or vandalism can be to:

  • Vehicles
  • Play areas
  • Parks
  • Bus shelters
  • Garages
  • Homes


A broken window

Did you know?

If you cause criminal damage you can be fined or have to carry out community service work.

What is Trespass?

Trespass is interfering with another person's property or unlawfully entering their land. This law does not exist in this form in Scotland.

Centuries ago if you were caught causing criminal damage you were often transported to another country such as Australia.