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ERIC Number: ED111051
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 32
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Vandalism Prevention. NAESP School Leadership Digest Second Series, No. 1. ERIC/CEM Research Analysis Series, No. 16.
Coursen, David
There are two basic types of vandalism, malicious and nonmalicious. Both types can be controlled, but the methods of control differ. Most of the literature deals with malicious vandalism. Perhaps because security appears to be the only way to control malicious vandalism, it is often made the focal point of antivandalism programs. The most important consideration is the relationship between the cost of a security system and its potential value to the school. A comprehensive antivandalism program using security devices as part of an overall plan is often suggested. Unfortunately, the literature is full of suggestions and assertations, but remarkably short on concrete facts documented by scientific research. There are two basic approaches to controlling malicious vandalism. Deterrent programs treat vandalism symptomatically, usually by emphasizing school security. The diagnostic approach attempts to prevent vandalism by attacking its causes. Thoughtful building design can greatly reduce nonmalicious vandalism. The well-designed building will be less vulnerable to all kinds of damage--malicious, nonmalicious, and even wear and tear. (Author/JG)
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Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
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Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Association of Elementary School Principals, Washington, DC.; ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, Eugene, OR.