Action pledge after vandalism rises

TAYSIDE Police’s new commander of Angus has called for the community’s help in tackling vandalism after large rises in incidents in Arbroath, Carnoustie and Monifieth.

Chief Superintendent Kevin Lynch has spoken out after the significant increases in vandalism to people’s property during July and August.

The number of incidents of vandalism has risen from 199 to 237 year on year and police estimate this represent 38 more victims of the crime.

And now Chief Superintendent Lynch is calling on everybody to report any vandalism they may see to try and tackle the problem blighting the towns.

He said: “Vandalism is a mindless act. It causes heart break within our communities and affects us all collectively whether we work, live or visit Angus.

“It is impossible to understand why anyone could mindlessly break a window, kick off a wing mirror, or walk on the bonnet of a car. It causes deep upset to owners and bewilderment to many.

“I call on the residents of Angus to adopt a partnership approach with me and my officers in reducing this type of crime to try and ensure that our communities are both safe and vibrant for us all.

“As an equal partner, I pledge that my officers will carry out high visibility foot patrols in our towns. They will engage with residents, young people hanging about and will seek to provide a heightened sense of reassurance and community engagement.

“Where people witness incidents of vandalism or have suspicions or information that could be of interest to the police they should report them immediately. No one should tolerate this type of reckless, mindless behaviour.”

Dry up patrols which aim to eliminate underage drinking and anti-social behaviour are one of the operations being used in their fight against vandalism.

CCTV operators will also seek to maximise opportunities to try to detect and prevent incidents of vandalism.

Chief Superintendent Lynch added: “I want Angus residents to take a stand with us. Please engage with local officers and provide them with any information about such criminality. It is time that we, and I mean all of us in Angus, seek to change the mind set of people.

“By doing so, those who seem intent on carrying out acts of vandalism will feel the full force of the legal system, but more importantly they will soon come to understand that their behaviour is totally unacceptable.

“I’m very proud to have been appointed as Divisional Commander for Eastern Division as Angus is a safe place in which to live and work and Tayside Police enjoys strong relationships with community partners and the public.

“I am seeking to increase police visibility in our communities and for our officers to not only be seen, but to actively engage with all members of the public.”