The cost of vandalism to the local community was outlined to members of Kirriemuir Community Council when they met last month.
Following reports of a recent spate of mindless vandalism in the town and that additional Police resources had been requested at weekends to crack down on the crimes, Angus Councillor Ronnie Proctor spoke out about the cost to society.
The meeting heard from Police Scotland community liaison officer Constable Alan Bell that a number of cases of vandalism had been detected, but that inquiries were being made into the cutting down of two trees in Kirrie Den.
Councillor Proctor told the meeting such vandalism costs the council money to repair.
He said: “With council budgets the way they are, this money could be better spent on more important areas for the community. It is also extremely dangerous for those responsible and the public.
“People should realise this sort of vandalism is not only unsightly but dangerous and costs money. The trees have to be dug up, which costs money against the council budget when we are trying to keep parks open.”
Commenting on vandalism to a car in Bank Street, which had been detected, Councillor Proctor added: “Car vandalism results in heavy costs for the owners if they are only insured third party.”
In his Police report, Constable Bell warned scrap metal and diesel thefts continue to strike the Kirriemuir Landward area when unattended items of scrap are seen lying around.
This is an open invitation into the yard or field by strangers who have a good look around. If an insecure fuel tank is seen then there is a high chance the diesel will be stolen at the time or there might be unwelcome visitors during the night. Fuel tanks can be easily secured for a minimum cost by simply purchasing a good quality padlock or seeking advice from your fuel supplier.