The incidents of vandalism and anti-social behaviour happened last night in Galliagh.
Officers from Ballyarnett Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) say they have recorded the names of those involved and captured them on body worn cameras.
And officers are urging parents to know where the children are and to make sure they are not involved in criminal offences which could lead to a record.
Ballyarnett NPT said on PSNI Foyle Facebook page: “Nobody deserves to open their front door to a large group of youths drinking alcohol, shouting/swearing and burning stolen bins. Especially a young mother will very small children.
“Thankfully the good people of Galliagh will not tolerate it. They reported this ongoing issue early and often to Ballyarnett Npt.
“We responded immediately and shifted the group.
“We have taken multiple names and recorded most of the group on our Body Worn Video camera’s.
“So, if you witnessed the thefts or subsequent arson please get in touch as we will be able to check any descriptions provided with our BWV footage.
“Ballyarnett Npt would like to personally thank the member of the public who fought the fire even though multiple aerosol tins were exploding at the time.
“We were all young once and understand that kids and young adults will hang out and chat. But if they overstep the mark or make someones life a misery we will detect and deal with this robustly.
“Also, keep the reports coming as we are only too glad to help when we can. We have seen this all before and it will only end one way. Young people getting hurt or prosecuted.
“Parents talk to your kids ASAP. Know where they are, what they are doing and who they are with.
“This should avoid us landing at your door with your son or daughter in the near future.”