Thirsk and Easingwold police are asking for residents' help this summer as they launch extra patrols around local schools.
The onset of the summer holidays often sees an increase in criminal damage on school premises. In particular, schools in the Thirsk area have seen an increase in incidents of vandalism over the past few weeks.
Thirsk and Easingwold police will be stepping up patrols in the areas of secondary and primary schools during key times to deter vandals and anti-social behaviour.
However, officers are asking local people to be their eyes and ears and report any suspicious activity, vandalism or anti-social behaviour to them.
Sergeant Frances Hannan of Thirsk Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: "Each summer we see an increase in mindless vandalism at schools in the area. In particular, both the primary and secondary schools on Topcliffe Road have been targeted in recent weeks.
"Newly planted trees have been snapped and outdoor equipment damaged at Sowerby Primary School, not only ruining a lot of hard work, but causing upset to young children.
"It beggars belief what these people gain from such mindless acts of vandalism."
"We don't want to prevent children using the fields for legitimate reasons, but we do want to stop the criminal element who needlessly cost the local authority thousands of pounds to repair the damage they cause."
"We are therefore asking local residents to report any suspicious activity to us, including groups of youths who congregate on the school premises."
Officers will be delivering leaflets to local residents with contact information. In the meantime, anyone who sees anything suspicious or has any information about who is responsible is asked to contact Thirsk police on 0845 60 60 24 7. Or, you can give information to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
9.45am - 18 July 2011