GALVESTON

Another round of tire slashing on the island left more than a dozen vehicles damaged Saturday morning, according to the Galveston Police Department

Tires on at least 16 vehicles were slashed sometime between 10 p.m. Friday and 7:30 a.m. Saturday, according to the department.

The vandalism occurred on Avenue F between 12th and 18th streets, according to police. Investigators reviewed some surveillance cameras from the area, but had not found a usable video showing the vandalism as of Saturday afternoon, police said.

No arrests had been made.

It's at least the second time this summer police investigated a mass tire slashing. In July, someone slashed the tires of more than 60 vehicles across a 56-block area in mid-island neighborhoods.

No arrests have been announced in that incident.

 — John Wayne Ferguson

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; john.ferguson@galvnews.com or on Twitter @johnwferguson.

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Rusty Schroeder

This is some pretty expensive vandalism these punks are committing , hopefully police can get some solid leads.

George Croix

Yep.
It's no great trick to spend 1200 bucks plus for four light truck tires these days.

Gary Miller

Is there any connection with where replacements are being bought? Does some place just happen to have a sale?

Steve Fouga

In a different jurisdiction where I once lived, a similar vandal eventually reaped his .223 caliber reward when a citizen decided to take law enforcement into his own hands, and laid a trap. He was no-billed.

Stephanie Lang

What a drag for all these folks and the others who were previously effected by likely the same loser getting a kick out doing this in the middle of a random night. While this type of event is not necessarily directly connected to what I'm about to say, I do feel it bears mentioning: lighting plays a key role in this scenario and all petty crime incidents we see across the island (or in any neighborhood, for that matter).

Walking a few of our streets with my dog weekly, I notice so many homes with little to no exterior lighting on what so ever in the evenings.
To be clear, there are a lot of homes that appear to have lights off, but also a lot that don’t have any sort of exterior light fixtures visible at all.

Pitch black homes, yards and alleys are breeding grounds for those with bad intentions as well as things that go bump in the night.

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT, NEIGHBORS!

We can do better to protect our homes and vehicles, and we need to do better to protect our neighborhoods. While street lights are important to work towards and there is no denying the City of Galveston is lacking in that department, we can’t snap our fingers and make them appear in front of every other house island-wide. What we can do is turn on a porch light, setup a timer, uplight a front walkway or hang some $1.99 twinkle lights in an attempt to control our own little corners by helping to illuminate the island which we all love and want to see remain safe.

Please, please light up your properties each and every night before bed. No excuses. No exceptions.

There are so many economical options to choose from at Home Depot, Walmart, Chalmers and online, and the pennies spent turning on a porch light each night pale in comparison to the expense of repairing damages and restoring the feeling of safety after a break-in.

If you are reading this and would like to add lights to your property but can’t physically navigate a ladder or don’t know where to start, please reach out to someone in your neighborhood (Nextdoor.com is a great way to connect if you don't feel like you know anyone), call City Hall and ask to be put through to your City Council representative, inquire with the police department, etc. - Galveston is a friendly place, and there are likely people in your circle who would be more than willing to help work towards the common goal of minimizing these types of inconveniences from happening week after week.

Steve Fouga

[thumbup][thumbup][thumbup][thumbup][thumbup] Great post! Seems like common sense, doesn't it?

Stephanie Lang

One would think.

AJ LeBlanc

Agreed that lighting is a deterrent as well as a good idea in general. Motion detectors on a bright light can work very well. However, when installing a light that will remain on continuously try to ensure it is not pointing directly into a neighbors house (or bedroom). Some neighborhoods have rules against this - not to mention getting your neighbors up in arms.

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