Laws related to Vandalism
Vandalism is covered by state laws and is defined differently by each state. Some states refer it as
criminal damage, malicious trespass, malicious mischief, or other terms. In an effort to control the
impact of vandalism, many states have specific laws that may decrease certain forms of vandalism.
Some states have laws that prohibit specific acts of vandalism, such as breaking windows, graffiti, and
using man-made substances to destroy property.