Vandalism affects us all. You can make a difference.
Unlike most histories, graveyards record the lives of all, signify past existences, and recognize one commonality of us all. The history of the rich and poor, famous and infamous alike, is recorded here. Histories of entire towns may be present only here, and elements of local history may survive here as nowhere else.
Graveyards are often the only record, the only artifacts remaining to tell of lives - of individuals and communities - struggled for, well lived in the face of sometimes tremendous odds, and finally given up reluctantly or "with peaceful composure"...
~ from The Graveyard Preservation Primer, by Lynette Strangstad
Many cemeteries in Maine and the nation suffer frequent vandalism, but it is not a hopeless situation. Law enforcement officials often find that they do not have the manpower to catch the one who do the damage. There are, however, many things the public can do - in concert with local government - to prevent vandalism.
Often these crimes are treated as victimless crimes, but they are not. Cemetery lots and stones are owned by families, just as houses and cars are. Cemetery vandalism is a crime against the whole community. Don't hesitate to express your feelings to the authorities. The more people who contact them, the greater the effect.
After the Fact
This is a Cemetery
Communities accord respect,
Testimonies of devotion,
The cemetery is a homeland
A cemetery is a history of the people -
Every life is worth
From the MOCA Archives - not attributed