Police in Broughty Ferry will carry out high-visibility patrols following a spike in the number of vandalism incidents at playparks.
The announcement comes after a piece of play equipment was set alight, and others were damaged and torn, at the Sandy Park play area next to Balgillo Park.
The play area is privately owned, with contractors Greenbelt Energy responsible for its upkeep rather than Dundee City Council.
Ferry councillor Craig Duncan said he had been in touch with both police and Greenbelt Energy to inform them of the damage.
He said that the lighter nights could be playing a part in the increase in vandalism, saying that the people who commit these crimes are out and about more.
Mr Duncan said: “It’s just annoying. They tried to light a wee fire. They also pulled down the netting on a rope climbing frame and pulled off one of the seats on a four-way seesaw. There was no graffiti on this occasion.”
Mr Duncan said acts of vandalism are costly, not just to Greenbelt, who will have to repair the damage, but also to the police for stepping up patrols.
He added: “The great thing about publicising it, I think, is it just lets people know that the police are going to be keeping an eye on it.”
Local inspector Chris Boath said: “There is nothing whatsoever to be achieved by vandalism. It has a negative impact on local communities.
“We will be carrying out high-visibility patrols in the areas and we would urge anyone to report acts of vandalism or antisocial behaviour to police immediately.
“This type of behaviour will not be tolerated.”
A spokesman from Greenbelt Energy said: “We were contacted via out-of-hours email by Councillor Craig Duncan to alert us to vandalism in the Sandy Park play area.
“We responded immediately by asking our contractor to attend as a matter of urgency.”
Resident Sam Bone, 70, who has lived in the area for 15 years, said that the park is well used but not well maintained. He said: “The pathways are a disgrace. The general maintenance is a joke. The children’s play area tends to get vandalised regularly, but it’s a nice park in general.
“When we first moved in it was very well maintained.”