Angus Police make public appeal in vandalism crackdown
Police in Angus are calling for the public's help after the area was hit with £31,000 worth of vandalism in just three months.
Officers said the cost only reflected the physical damage to property.
The force warned the figure did not take into account other factors such as the cost of police investigations and the possibility of rising insurance premiums for residents.
Tayside Police urged anyone witnessing vandalism to come forward.
They also said the cumulative impact of the vandalism meant locals were being financially hurt.
Sergeant Fergus Storrier, from the Safer Communities Team in Angus, 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.
"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."
He appealed for anyone witnessing vandalism in the area to report it to their local police office.