Neighborhoods Get More Police Patrol After Tire Slashing

By: Alyssa Fenske Email
By: Alyssa Fenske Email

DELHI TOWNSHIP (WILX)-- Police are adding extra patrols in a mid-Michigan community after several recent petty, yet destructive crimes.

Neighbors of the Moorwood Farms/Lochewood Area Subdivisions say they have had their tires slashed, bikes stolen, and cars egged.

"The front tire of one of our cars got slashed, and our neighbors had a back window smashed in," said Michelle Dillingham.

The petty crimes are frustrating neighbors.

"Things like this make you think twice about leaving your things outside or leaving your car outside," said Kelly Wriggelsworth.

Wriggelsworth's neighbors have had their car tires slashed twice, and she had a bike stolen off of her front porch.

Tires being slashed is the latest in the series of vandalism, and it's put police on alert.

"We're putting officers out there. They are getting out of their cars and they are out on foot so we can get a better feel of what's going on," said Lt. Eric Trojanowicz with the Ingham County Sheriff Delhi Division.

After the tire slashing it seems like the vandals are expanding. Police say not only Moorwood Farms was targeted, but the College Heights subdivision was hit was well. The vandals slashed more than ten vehicles between the subdivisions on the early morning of August 1st.

"This was a crime of opportunity. They just drove up, slashed the tires and were gone before anyone noticed they were there," said Trojanowicz.

Police are asking homeowners to not leave their cars parked in the road, if possible. Trojanowicz suggests putting vehicles in the garage or at least putting the vehicles in the driveway. Keeping exterior lights on at night could help.

But even with extra police patrols, and putting the cars in at night, it's still hard for neighbors to feel safe.

"I definitely keep my eye peeled a lot more than I used too," said Wriggelsworth.

Police believe a white compact vehicle is connected to the tire slashing. If you know anything about these crimes that could help investigators call the Ingham County sheriff's office.

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