More than half of the vandalism reported to Dundee City Council over the past five years has occurred in schools.
Figures released in response to a Freedom of Information request revealed the cash-strapped council, which faces nearly £16 million of cuts this year, has had to pay £942,965 to repair damage caused by vandals since 2013.
In total, there have been 2,795 incidents recorded over the past five years. More than half – 1,600 – occurred in schools, leaving the local authority with £450,494 in repair and clean-up costs.
North East region MSP Conservative Bill Bowman said: “Such a massive waste of public money is particularly galling at a time when Dundee faces shrinking council budgets.
“These threaten to cut vital services to the core. I’m sure the people of the city would have liked this money to be spent educating their children, instead of cleaning up vandalism in schools.
“Respect should be learned in the home and reinforced by education. Destroying public property is a crime which drags everyone down.”
The figures show the council has had significant success in reducing the number of incidents of vandalism.
There were 249 incidents in Dundee schools in 2017, which cost £66,340 to repair.
This is down from 304 incidents the previous year, which cost £80,892.
The number of incidents in schools peaked in 2013 when there were 453 incidents in schools – an average of more than one a day.
These cost £131, 639 to repair.
Across Dundee there have been 2,795 instances of vandalism since 2013.
Again, the general trend is an annual decline in the number of incidents from 2013, when 720 cases were reported, costing a total of £267,456 to repair.
There were 657 incidents the following year and 448 in 2015.
The number of incidents rose again to 511 in 2016 before falling to 459 cases last year.
The 2017 repair bill was £159,468.
There were a number of high profile cases of vandalism in Dundee last year including a deliberate fire in a Whitfield playpark that caused £15,000 of damage.
Community Safety and Public Protection Committee convener councillor Alan Ross said: “We take the issue of vandalism across the city very seriously.
“We work in partnership with Police Scotland in anti-vandalism education efforts with young people.”