teenage, young
graffiti (esp. BrE)

young graffiti vandals who blight the city with their scrawls

deter, discourage, stop

The windows are covered with grilles to deter vandals.

be plagued by

The station is plagued by vandals.


The vandals struck at about 7.30 p.m. yesterday.

attack sth, damage sth, deface sth, destroy sth, smash sth, wreck sth
target sth

Her statue has been targeted by vandals.

break into sth

Vandals broke into the factory and set fire to a cabin.

cause damage (to sth)

Vandals caused more than £4 000 worth of damage.

go on a rampage, go on a smashing spree, go on a wrecking spree (all BrE)

The pool had to close after vandals went on a £10 000 wrecking spree.

throw bricks, stones, etc. (at sth)

The vandals throw stones at the building.


This is the latest in a spate of vandal attacks on fire crews.

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