Coming to the cemetery to celebrate the life of a loved one is an emotional experience. Imagine the impact of seeing the tombstone vandalized and defiled! The disturbance can cause trauma to the most stable of persons.
Cemeteries should be a place of peace and tranquility. Most people think of cemeteries as sacred land, a quiet place to re-visit memories of loved ones who are no longer physically with us. This should be protected ground where loved ones can be honored. Unfortunately, not all people respect the sacred ground of those who lived.
There are reports of some people who have desecrated the grave sites by pushing down grave stones, causing them to break. Some reports show graffiti markings. According to a news article in the New York Post, cemetery vandalism increased by 306 percent from last year. This is a very sad problem. This kind of vandalism hurts, which can cause emotional turmoil.
According to the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association (ICCFA), any cemetery can be a target of this deliberate act of vandalism. The ICCFA says most of these acts of vandalism are caused by youths. The Ecclesiastical lists cameras, posted signs, perimeter fencing, locked gates, well lit grounds, spot checks and reporting as possible deterrents. Whatever the tactic, it is important to protect the cemetery from hooligans and hate crime vandals.