Vandals hit Garfield Park South neighborhood

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – At least six cars and one garage were hit by vandals overnight Friday.

Neighbors spent Saturday morning cleaning white paint off their cars. Many neighbors believe someone drove by and sprayed paint out the windows on the cars, and then painted graffiti on a brick garage.

“I don’t know who did it, but there’s a group of people that have been coming through the neighborhood and spray painting people’s cars, breaking into cars, busting out people’s windows and things like that,” said Ronnie Fenwick.

This isn’t the first time vandals have struck in the area. Several people say they’ve been hit by vandals numerous times over the past few months.

“It’s certainly is frustrating. It’s not something you want to wake up to. And when it happens repeatedly it gets very, very old,” said Fenwick.

Fenwick’s wife’s car was hit with paint Friday night. His car has been vandalized three times. The same day he repaired his bashed in window, someone hit the car with spray paint.

“We just have a lot of petty [crime]. Sort of theft issues and graffiti issues,” said Erin Brown, who lives in the neighborhood.

Brown said neighbors texted and messaged her on Facebook to let her know about the graffiti early Saturday morning.

“It’s been helpful to be able to communicate between the neighbors,” Brown said. “With as much crime as we have been having, I don’t feel unsafe at all, but it’s nice to you know have neighbors who keep people updated.”

She said the neighbors encourage each other to report crime, no matter how small it may be.

“The more police reports you get from a certain area, the more likely they are to patrol in that area. So I’m hoping that actually works,” said Brown.

Brown and several other neighbors are also sharing ideas online about how they can stop the crime on their street.

“We’ve talked about how maybe we should get cameras, and we’re working together kind of, as a street to figure out what to do about security as well.”

 

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