A crackdown on school yobs has been launched by Zurich Municipal and Cunningham Lindsey.

CrimeLine, which operates on a name and shame basis, targets school vandals, arsonists and graffiti sprayers.

The campaign aims to stamp out crime in the education sector.

Research shows 65% of offenders cautioned for arson are aged 10 to 14.

Zurich Municipal data shows that 20 schools a week are damaged or destroyed by arson. School arson cost £83m in 2004, a 13% rise on the year before, and a rise of 137% over the past 10 years.

Martin Geyer, innovations director for Cunningham Lindsey, said: "The campaign is designed to deter arson vandalism and graffiti primarily by raising the fear of detection in potential culprits, rather than just concentrating on detection."

The CrimeLine facility is available to local authorities for a low-cost annual subscription and includes leaflets, posters and an 0800 number which individuals can anonymously call to report the identity of suspects.

The hotline is manned 24/7 by Cunningham Lindsey, who may involve Crimestoppers and the police.