Cemetery Vandalism - A Senseless Crime

The City of Boise cemeteries are full of history, architecture styles, and community heritage.  They are sanctuaries for the living and, for so many people, that land is sacred.  This is why toppled tombstones are disturbing and devastating to the cemetery itself, cemetery staff, the families, and the community.cemeteryvandalism.jpg

When toppling occurs, the cemetery staff is there to up-right the stones.  It is important to us to make sure this happens quickly. Staff know if vandalism is left, it will breed more vandalism.  Staff also try to contact families, if possible, and ask them to consider getting their own monument company to repair stones that have been damaged. The cost of repair or replacement is usually covered by the homeowner's insurance.

It is believed most cemetery vandalism attacks are by younger persons seeking attention. They enter the cemetery on a dare, usually having a rowdy, adventurous attitude and looking to do something just for the heck of it. To curb or prevent this destructive energy and senseless acts, Boise Parks & Recreation has taken a proactive approach.  Staff work with various individuals and neighborhood groups, security professionals, the media and Boise Police Crime Prevention unit, to fight to crime.  Security lighting has been installed; gates are locked at dusk; random security patrols; plantings and tree branches are removed to increase sight lines.  Boise Parks & Recreation also offers a reward for information leading to an arrest of, and charges filed against, those responsible for the cemetery vandalism. People wishing to provide information may call Crime Stoppers at 208-343-COPS (2677). Callers may remain anonymous.

Most importantly, we are asking our neighbors and the community to assist us in keeping an eye on the cemetery. As you drive or walk by and you see suspicious behavior, please call the Boise City Police Dispatch at 208-377-6670.