Police Scotland in Aberdeenshire and Moray has reminded parents to ensure their children are safe over the summer months following a small number of reports of vandalism and anti-social behaviour.
Community facilities including schools have been targeted and police would urge members of the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity they may see.
Inspector Colin Mowat, Safer Communities, said
On the whole the behaviour of young people has been good this summer with many participating in the activities which are on offer. However there have been a few sporadic incidents of vandalism and anti-social behaviour, which are absolutely not acceptable and show we cannot be complacent.
We would ask that parents help us by always ensuring you know where your children are and that they are safe. The community can also help us by being vigilant and reporting any suspicious behaviour or any concerns they may have on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you wish to remain anonymous.
We have been increasing patrols around schools and our message is clear – acts of vandalism towards important community facilities such as schools are absolutely unacceptable. The cost to repair not only impacts on people who may attend the schools but the wider communities.
Head of Performance and Resources at Aberdeenshire Council, Craig Clement, said
It is incredibly disappointing that because of the acts of a few mindless individuals, our places of learning have been disturbed and in some instances pupils have been left with fewer resources.
Our schools are where young people can come together to discover and exchange new ideas and we all have a responsibility to allow them to develop their minds to the best of their ability.
During the school holidays, buildings are secured and monitored by staff but they cannot cover every school at once and I therefore encourage anyone who has any information regarding any of these incidents to contact Police Scotland on 101.