Residents of three St Michael communities woke up to the sight of shattered car windows this morning, as unknown assailants vandalized a number of vehicles.
Public Relations Officer of the Royal Barbados Police Force Inspector Roland Cobber said during the early hours of this morning, ten vehicles were damaged at Embassy Gardens, 1st Avenue Haggatt Hall and Lower Burney, St Michael.
The victims, including Jo-Ann Jones of Lower Mapp Hill, said they felt violated and unsafe.
Jones told Barbados TODAY she was in total disbelief upon discovering that her car and that of her sister had been vandalized.
“This morning when we came outside shortly after seven, we realized that two of the cars had been damaged – the front window and then the peer passenger window on the other car. Both windows are facing the road so I didn’t notice it immediately.
“I didn’t hear noise or anything. For us it was probably after 12:30 because that is when the last of the cars were parked outside the house and up until that point both were fine.
“Somebody is desperate to be targeting so many cars in the same area. I don’t know what they expect to find in a car,” Jones said, adding that she was inconvenienced because she was not permitted to move the vehicle from what had become a crime scene.
However, an upset Jones said she was thankful that only her car was damaged and not her house.
“It’s a big inconvenience. I had to take around the kids, I have work and study as well. I couldn’t go to work. I had to wait for the police to come and seeing that there were so many there was no pecking order. I have to go now to replace my windows,” she said.
Over in Embassy Gardens, Tricia Ince said she no longer felt safe at home after the front window of her red Mazda was shattered, forcing her to place a black deposable bag over it to protect the interior from the rain.
“I feel violated and not safe. You lock your car on your property, go to sleep and you are thinking when you wake up your car will be fine. It is like an invasion of privacy,” Ince said.
Like Jones, Ince also thanked her lucky stars that her family was not injured. However, she believed the culprits were more than familiar with the neighbourhood.
“I had things to do and for the whole day I was just here. It was like a day lost. But I’m thankful that we weren’t hurt.
“I think it is somebody that passing through the area walking. I think the person knows which cars have alarms and the ones that don’t.”
One resident of 1st Avenue Haggat Hall, who requested anonymity, said she recently bought her Mercedes A180 and it was when she was preparing to leave home for work that she discovered a large hole in the glass.
“I was getting into my car to go to work around 7:50 this morning, and the first thing I notice was the square sponge that came with the car wasn’t where I left it. Then I realize my cubby whole was open and the back window glass was out.”
The concerned resident added that she felt terrified after learning that she was not the only victim.
“I was scared because I was at home by myself. I thought it was only me, but then when the police came I saw that it was other people who were affected as well.
“I feel violated because I was sleeping. The body jumped over my wall my gate was closed and came on to my property. My car wasn’t parked on the road or anything. I don’t know if they are going to come back,” she said.
Another resident of the same district suggested that this was not the first time the vandals had struck, stating that other districts had similar experiences in the past.
“I came out and saw my car door open, then on examination of my vehicles I realized someone broke into the cars. When I looked up the street all the cars were broken into.
“It is more than one person and it is a trend that has been going on for a while. It has been happening in other avenues but we only learn it today. They have been breaking cars in the area before. When you go to Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, people cars get break into all the time,” he said.