Once again we find ourselves asking what makes some human beings reap joy from performing senseless acts of vandalism.
Are they jealous of those who have things that are better than theirs? Or are they just savage animals who have no appreciation for the finer things in life? Or are they so mentally warped that this is their way of having fun?
Recently we have seen an increase in this animalistic behavior. Earlier this month, two cemeteries in the Leetonia area received considerable damage from hoodlums. The cemetery grounds, portajohns as well as graves and headstones were damaged.
Possibly the same vandals also damaged mailboxes on rural roads near the cemeteries.
Other areas have also reported recent acts of vandalism - the swing and deck at the Broadway Wharf in East Liverpool were also damaged and many home and vehicle owners have reported windows shot out.
While it is useless to try to understand the depraved mines of those who inflict this type of senseless damage, there are some things we can do to try to prevent it.
Make sure the area surrounding your home is adequately illuminated at night. Perpetrators will generally shy away from areas where they can be easily seen doing their dirty deeds.
Keep an eye on your neighbor's property, and don't be shy about giving them a call if you suspect something is wrong at their house. And if they're not home, call the police.
And if you witness acts of vandalism or suspicious behavior on public property be certain to call the authorities.
We'll probably never be able to completely stop these stupid acts, but successful prosecution and punishment of some cases may act as a deterrent.