Vandalism ranks right up there on the list of nonsensical, exasperating crimes. What possesses people to commit senseless acts of vandalism? Is it a cry for attention? Is it boredom or revenge?
In a more innocent era, when vandalism consisted of knocking over outhouses or soaping windows, it was sometimes treated with a wink by authorities who took a "boys-will-be-boys" attitude toward the crime.
Those days are gone as the Brainerd Police Department demonstrated last month with the swift arrest of three juvenile males who admitted to slashing 200 car tires in northeast Brainerd.
The young men told law officers they did it "just for fun," a comment that must have caused law-abiding citizens of Brainerd to shake their heads and mutter under their collective breath.
Vandalism is a crime -- a crime with real victims. It's not something to be laughed off as a prank. Total damage of last month's tire vandalism spree was thought to cost more than $15,000.
The Brainerd Police Department's aggressive stance against vandalism should be appreciated by Brainerd citizens and weighed carefully by potential vandals.
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