Rows of gravestones in Plymouth have been labelled with safety notices by inspectors. A total of 190 of the 3,800 graves tested at Efford Cemetery have been deemed to be a hazard in a recent inspection carried out on behalf of the council at the burial ground.
In most cases, families were formally told in writing to arrange getting them fixed.
But some have been tagged with yellow stickers urging owners who the council couldn't make contact with to make them safe as soon as possible so they don't cause injury.
The council does the surveys every five years to keep its cemeteries in good order. In total there are around 15,000 gravestones at Efford Cemetery.
But it can sometimes be difficult to track down the families of those who have passed - and so warning notices have to be placed on the actual graves in a bid to alert them.
However, one mourner says he was dismayed to find a warning notice on his grandparents' grave this week, which he said obstructs their names and are completely insensitive.
A Plymouth City Council spokesman said: "We check each and every memorial in our cemeteries every five years for signs of defects that could make them dangerous to visitors.
"An inspection is carried out by monumental masons and the memorial is tested for stability.