Police see spike in vandalism

By Anthony Skeens, The Triplicate April 01, 2013 07:44 pm

A rash of vandalism in Crescent City has the Police Department focusing patrol efforts in the problem areas.

There have been at least 10 acts of vandalism this past week, a majority involving slashed car tires in neighborhoods from Pebble Beach Drive east to A Street and 9th Street north to Essex Street, said Police Chief Doug Plack.

In one instance reported on the 1300 block of Jaccard Street, all four tires on a vehicle were slashed and the windshield was smashed through with a rock.

“We have increased our patrols and will continue to do so,” said Plack. 

There could be multiple reasons for the sudden spike in vandalism  this past week, including the fact students were on spring break and there have been at least a dozen streetlights unlit in the areas, Plack said.

The city’s public works department was contacted Friday and indicated to Plack they would check to see what could be wrong with the street lights.

Plack is asking for citizens to be wary of any suspicious activity or people in neighborhoods and contact the Police Department at 464-2133 during business hours or call the Sheriff’s Office at 464-4191 after hours.

“No one knows what’s happening in a neighborhood better than those people living there,” said Plack.

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