Official Statistics

Nature of vandalism

The figures presented here are from the 2010 to 2011 British Crime Survey (BCS).



Vandalism in the British Crime Survey covers any intentional and malicious damage to private households and their property. It does not include accidental damage or incidents that do not incur financial cost to the victim to repair the damage.

BCS vandalism specifically includes:

  • arson (where there is deliberate damage to property caused by fire)
  • vandalism to a motor vehicle; and
  • vandalism to the home (including doors, windows, gates, fences and belongings in the garden) and to other property.