But who is footing the final bill. I doubt if those responsible or their legal guardians will!.
In our area, the 8 to 14 year old graffiti artists have got bored. They now have a new hobby, throwing bricks at passing vehicles. But nothing to worry about, the council and the police know who the culprits are, and they are trying to 'educate' the offenders and their guardians.
I agree with wiz-king, make those responsible for the damage do the work. And give them small brushes so it takes them longer to do it. Too many people are not made to take responsability for their actions and as far as I am concerned if you damage something through vandalism its only fair that you should be made to repair it.
They would be better out catching criminals and muggers than standing watching paint dry.As far as far as I know it is not actually the policeman's job to supervise people doing community service.When was the last time you went out for a walk after dark,Its not even safe in daylight.I think the Police do a great job,But unfortunately there are not enough of them.Let them do what they do best ,Catch Criminals.Leave the rest for someone else to do.