The Victim: Christina Salinas
The Crime: Criminal mischief
Date: Monday, May 28
Time: 4:30 a.m.
Location: 500 block of Marlborough
Broken beer bottles littered the back seats
Sometimes crime statistics don’t really mean much to us. Property damage crimes go in one ear and out the other. But if it happens to you, it’s personal. Many people are struggling through a rough economy and squeezing every dollar they can. So when someone senselessly vandalizes your property for a few hundred bucks, that unexpected expense can really hurt.
Christina and her family experienced this firsthand. Someone smashed the rear glass in both of their cars.
“It was a little after 4 o’clock in the morning,” he says. “We don’t know who or why they did it. They just threw beer bottles at them.”
The cost was a hefty $350 to repair. No word on if these beer-drinking vandals favored domestic or imported brew, but their havoc was a big pain and a bite in the budget.
Dallas Police Lt. Gil Garza of the Southwest Patrol Division says that, unfortunately, destruction of property is a crime that investigators see pretty regularly. In this case, the vandals also may have been attempting to burglarize the vehicle, but “the suspects may have been startled,” Garza says. Also, the vandalism may not have been random, he says.
“If someone had a beef with the owners of the vehicles, they could have targeted their vehicles,” he says, adding that “sometimes, random acts of criminal mischief do occur. As property owners, there are always proactive measures we can take to prevent these crimes from occurring.”
Garza says these include: extra lighting (stationary or motion-controlled), alarm systems, the use of exterior security cameras and parking in the garage if at all possible.
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Source: Dallas Police Department