The installation of a wheelchair swing at the Richfield Rotary Park drew praise from a lot of people online last week.

The swing has already been used by families with wheelchair-bound children, and is an opportunity to provide an uplifting experience. This project, undertaken by the Richfield Rotary Club, is a great example of community service.

It was an act borne of concern for one’s fellow humans. 

However, with the praise also came an all too real concern.

It seems that each year, the instances of petty vandalism increase as the weather warms up.

A fire at the Richfield Walmart is believed to have been an act of petty vandalism. It had the potential to hurt someone, and caused an undetermined amount of damage and lost income. 

Every year, stupid acts of destruction cost business owners, government entities and individuals.

It is a vicious act to destroy or damage someone else’s property. It wastes time, money and resources.

This is especially true when it comes to dealing with vandalism of facilities that are installed for the benefit of the most vulnerable in society. 

Unfortunately, many times the vandalism sprees coincide with the end of the school year.

Many parents in the area would likely be surprised by what their children are doing when they are away from home. Parents should take an active role and make sure that their children are involved in activities that don’t need the attention of local law enforcement. It’s obvious that a group of giggling juveniles with several rolls of toilet paper and a carton of eggs are up to no good.

Pop bottle bombs, slashed tires, graffiti, thefts, underage drinking and smoking all create problems for the community.

While it is easy to point the finger of blame squarely at minors, it’s not only juveniles that cause trouble. Unfortunately, many times it’s adults who behave like unruly children.

People need to watch out for each other and for public facilities. Always report vandalism, as well as activities that seem suspicious.

People who have any information concerning acts of vandalism are encouraged to call the Richfield City Police at (435) 896-8484, or the Sevier County Sheriff’s tips hotline at (435) 896-2650.

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