The defibrillator in Market Square, Stonehaven has been vandalised for the second time in four months, and for the third time since it was installed last year.
The device which on all three occasions has seen the front of the enclosure smashed was damaged in Septemeber 2017 and then again in July of 2018.
It is understood the piece of potentially life-saving equipment was targeted between 3.30pm on Friday afternoon (November 23, 2018) and Sunday (November 25) at 10.30am.
We last reported in July that the community council was considering the feasibility of installing CCTV cameras to prevent further vandalism. It is understood that effort will now be stepped up.
PC Marc Camus, who is leading inquiries, said: “If the defibrillator unit had been accessed to help someone and give life-saving assistance I could understand accidental damage.
“Yet there have been no emergency calls relating to any medical condition that would require access, therefore I can only assume that this is yet another incident of vandalism.
“The incidents are now so repetitive that Perspex is now being used as opposed to glass to reduce the costs.
“This is wholly unacceptable and I urge anyone with information to get in touch as soon as possible.”
Anyone with information should contact Police on 101 quoting ref. no. 1471 of Nov 25 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 to remain anonymous. Alternatively ask for PC Camus at Stonehaven Police Station, Dunnottar Avenue.