A Fintry woman is calling for security cameras to be installed in a Dundee park after a series of deliberate fires.
Kemma Mckenzie, 31, of Findhorn Street, has raised concerns after a string of incidents involving play equipment and grass being set alight at Powrie Park.
She said: “It’s becoming a joke. The last four weeks have just been an absolute nightmare.”
She said the culprits were aged between about 12 and 14.
Kemma added: “The smoke is even coming into my house. We have had to close our windows.
“You tell them to go and you just get a load of abuse hurled at you.
“They set fire to the play equipment and the grass.
“One time they made a pile of grass and set it on fire and chucked a deodorant can on it.
“All I want is cameras in the park. Cameras are a deterrent to crime of any shape.”
Kemma said she was concerned as the fires are happening at times when there are youngsters using the area, as well as dog walkers.
She said she was worried one of the children could be badly burned.
She added: “My son is scared to go out. It is affecting the children that do go to the park. I’ve got cats and you do worry about them going out as well.”
Ron Neave, chairman of Fintry Community Council, said: “We had damage done to the swings, they have had to take them away.”
Mr Neave said he was investigating the possibility of having CCTV cameras installed, but it could cost about £2,600.
New play equipment is due to arrive in the park as part of the Dundee Decides project, and Mr Neave said: “We have got to be looking at how we can secure it before the additional equipment goes in.
“It’s a minority that are causing all the trouble. It is all this minor vandalism that is a concern and I think the one way to get round that is to put some kind of CCTV camera in so we would have photos of the culprits.”
Fire brigade group manager, Grant Nicoll, said: “The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has a very clear, zero tolerance approach to deliberate fire-raising.
“We work to educate members of the public on the very real dangers of fire-setting, and try to lay bare the fact that every deliberate fire has victims, costs – and consequences.”
Councillor Willie Sawers, the council’s deputy administration leader, said, “Deliberate fire-raising is a huge concern, especially at this time of prolonged hot and dry weather. People might be seriously injured and the resources of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service could be diverted from other incidents.”