TAYSIDE Police are urging the public to help them in their fight against vandalism.
Despite the number of incidents being lower than previous years, vandalism still accounts for large financial costs that affect the local community.
Over the last three months around £31,000 pounds worth of damage was caused to property in Angus alone.
Whilst this cost reflects the physical damage of the property, it does not take into account other factors such as police investigations and the possibility of rising insurance premiums in the areas that are worst affected.
The cumulative impact of acts of vandalism can mean that less money is available for people and their families to spend on activities or on community assets.
And Sergeant Fergus Storrier from the Safer Communities Team in Angus warns there will be robust action for those caught vandalising property.
He said: “The sum of £31,000 could have provided much needed resources for communities, particularly in the challenging economic times that we all face, instead it is simply wasted by the thoughtless acts of a minority.
“Many of the crimes reported have been vehicle related, such as wing mirrors being damaged or scratches to vehicles.
“Private and public property is often a target for vandals, with a significant number of incidents occurring overnight when those responsible may be under the influence of alcohol or other substances.
“Whatever the circumstances, Tayside Police will take robust action against reckless behaviour such as this.
“We ask for the public to report any matters they see and urge them to come forward with any information they may have that could assist police with their enquiries.
“Their support will help us detect those who carry out these crimes and will allow the money lost to be put towards more areas that benefit the wider community and the people who stay in them.”
Anyone wishing to report vandalism in their local area is asked to contact Tayside Police on 0300 111 2222, or speak to any local officer.
Alternatively information can be passed anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.