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Following several more acts of vandalism over the weekend, including cars and windows being damaged, what are peoples thoughts on the way this is dealt with?

I personally would like to see parents being made to cover the cost of repairs caused by juveniles, instead of people losing their no claims and being forced to pay for higher insurance premiums. Where it is adults causing damage wether drunk or not,they should be made to pay for the entire cost of repairs. The law on the island favours those who cause mindless damage as there is no consequences to their actions. Often the fine is a fraction of the repair bill or with juveniles they are given a slap on the wrist. Senseless crime like this leads on to bigger things, should we be tolerating actions like this? Thoughts please

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I think that's pretty much what does happen anyway with adults. When you see Court cases involving vandalism (and many other crimes) there is often an order made for compensation or it is said in defence that full compensation has already been paid. This in addition to any fine, Court costs etc.

 

With juveniles a similar thing can be done, but it's rather dangerous to automatically put the obligation to pay on the parent(s) because that just becomes the ideal way for a rebellious teenager to 'get at' their parent(s) by causing as much damage as possible. And in such situations the parent(s) may simply was their hands of the child and demand that they be put into care - at great cost to the taxpayer.

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there is no point, the police can't do anything unless the person admits it. Happened to me. I saw it happen, so gave them a name, address, an independent witness who also saw it, a time & date.

 

Still didn't get anywhere, "not enough evidence".

 

That's why the police concentrate on easy-solve crimes like drug possession or drink driving. No other evidence required.

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Still didn't get anywhere, "not enough evidence".

 

That's why the police concentrate on easy-solve crimes like drug possession or drink driving. No other evidence required.

Or they just make it up or, more commonly, proceed with insufficient evidence.

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there is no point, the police can't do anything unless the person admits it. Happened to me. I saw it happen, so gave them a name, address, an independent witness who also saw it, a time & date.

 

Still didn't get anywhere, "not enough evidence".

 

That's why the police concentrate on easy-solve crimes like drug possession or drink driving. No other evidence required.

 

In that case you could have taken them to the Small Claims Court to recover the cost of the damage.

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I hate this kind of thing, there are enough sporting and other activities on the island without the need to pass the time breaking other people's property. They should be at home watching porn or smoking weed.

 

I don't know how to stop it though, I'd suggest that the parent pays, unless they can prove they cannot control the adolescent, in which case a curfew should be used, tagging the offenders to make sure they stay at home, along with community service.

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The best graffiti was in the Castletown civic centre bogs, which have just been done up so it isn't there anymore.

It said "I am a fan of the soft drink. Also fish pie is my favourite"

Wow. What a bunch of rebels. I can see people shouting at councillors and the commissioners next. What will that lead to?
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