Community cost of vandalism

DESPITE a downward trend over the previous few years, vandalism remains an issue in Angus, writes Janet Thomson.

In his monthly report delivered to Forfar Community Council last Thursday evening, Tayside Police Community liaison officer Constable Ally Smith explained vandalism is a crime which affects people’s quality of life and costs communities millions to repair.

His report said: “It is easy to dismiss vandalism as a minor offence, but it does have a big impact on local communities (higher insurance premiums, facilities being out of use, may increase the fear of crime).

“If you are the victim of vandalism, please report it to Tayside Police on 0300 111 2222. If you see someone in the act or if you have any information which may lead to identifying persons responsible for vandalism, please report this to Tayside Police too.”

Vandalism reported in April and May 2012 was around 10% less than during the same period in 2011, and there has also been a decrease in the number of reported housebreakings to domestic dwellings reported between April and May 2012 compared to the previous year. Housebreaking to non-dwellings has also decreased. There have been reports of bogus callers offering energy saving measures and residents are urged to ask for ID.