Police forced to pay out more than £200,000 to repair vandalised cop cars

Police Scotland have paid out £209,758 over the last five years due to vandalism, figures reveal.

The force had to fix 418 cars between 2013 and November 2017 with 115 being damaged in 2015
alone.

Another two vehicles had to be written off due to damage, costing £34,165.67 to replace.

The damage bill, revealed under Freedom of Information, comes after Cop chiefs had to fork out
£1.2million in one year alone to repair almost half of its motor fleet.

Assistant Chief Constable Gillian MacDonald said: “Acts of vandalism to Police vehicles could delay or
prevent officers from attending a call for assistance from members of the public which could have
‎serious consequences.”

Damage includes broken windows, damage to paintwork and bodywork with one repair costing over
£7000.

“Where someone is identified and reported to the Procurator Fiscal, a compensation order can be
put in place if they are found guilty.”

Police were unable to say how much money they had managed to claim back of the total through
the compensation orders.

This comes after it was revealed that cops are still using some vehicles which are over a decade old,
with one vehicle dating back to 1989.

Chiefs have recently agreed to spend £5.5million on nearly 600 cars after rank-and- file cops
complained some vehicles were falling apart.

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