A Banchory councillor is urging police to increase patrols in the area following reports of vandalism.
Jill Webster has written to Police Scotland after receiving several complaints about graffiti, fire-raising and malicious damage.
Councillor Webster said: “In Banchory and Mid Deeside we are very lucky to generally experience very few incidents of vandalism and I find it extremely concerning that there has been an increased level reported to me in recent weeks.
“This is particularly worrying given the terrible fire at Glen O’Dee Hospital which led to the complete destruction of the building.”
She added: “I have asked the police to up patrols and also to raise this in their visits when they talk to pupils at schools as I am anxious that this is nipped in the bud before it escalates.
“I would also encourage any member of the public who sees suspicious activity to call 101 or report the incident to Crimestoppers.”