A police operation has been launched to stem a rising tide of assaults and violence across Tayside.
In recent months there has been a significant increase in reports of violent and anti-social behaviour.
Dundee has experienced a 9.8% increase in incidents, with violence and disorder inside the home identified as one of the biggest challenges facing officers.
In an effort to reduce the impact of violence and anti-social behaviour, identify those responsible and reduce the number of people who become victims Tayside Division has launched Operation Quest.
Superintendent Graeme Murdoch said: “We are disappointed that more assaults have been reported to us than at the same time last year but we are determined to halt this trend.
“Every assault can have significant consequences. Each and every one has a victim.
“Those victims have to deal with physical injuries, which can often be permanent and in some cases life-changing.”
As part of the operation, Police Scotland will target patrols at key times and in key areas. There will also be renewed focus on working with licensees and the security industry to reduce excessive alcohol consumption and disorders within and around licensed premises.
Officers will also work closely with communities to address violence and anti-social behaviour and identify and charge people who commit acts of violence.
The main priority for Operation Quest is, however, to reduce the number of people who become the victims of assault.
Mr Murdoch added: “Currently we charge someone in 83% of reported assaults and that number goes up to 95% for serious assaults.
“Those are the odds of being identified and charged if you assault someone in Tayside.
“After that there is potential prosecution and the prospect of financial penalty or in some cases imprisonment.”
Tayside Division already has a number of operations ongoing, including Operation Slate, through which officers carried out drugs raids across Tayside.