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Criminal damage


The below details are correct at time of publishing, and are provided as guidance only. Seek legal advice from your solicitor where necessary.

Uncontrolled graffiti is criminal damage which encourages further criminal acts and has economic and social costs that must be borne by everybody. To check out our information leaflet on graffiti, click here. For further advice on how to control or prevent graffiti, contact your local Crime Prevention Officer or check out An Garda Síochána's Information Leaflet on Property Crime.

This is determined by how much it costs to repair the property and requires an invoice from the company or companies who carried out the repair work.

A description of the property, any identifying marks, and in an ideal scenario, any serial numbers or photos you may have.

Report the incident to your local Garda station.

Theft is the intention to deprive an owner of their property. Criminal damage is when the property remains with the owner but it has been rendered inoperable.

For example, if someone steals a set of garden furniture, that constitutes theft. However if a criminal damages a set of garden furniture and leaves it at the scene, that is a case of criminal damage.

Criminal damage involves a perpetrator physically breaking property or rendering it inoperable.