One car rammed against wall and others broken into in York crime spree

4 Nov 2019 @ 8.10 am
| News

This is the scene on one road in York after an overnight crime spree.

The picture was taken by Ashley Mason, councillor for for Dringhouses and Woodthorpe – and he said up to six cars were damaged.

The vehicles were attacked overnight on Albemarle Road. Motorists discovered the mess on Monday morning (4 November).

In most cases the car window on the pavement side was smashed.

One car has been rammed up against the wall, blocking the footpath.

Cllr Mason speculated that this car had been physically rolled by the perpetrators in an attempt to get the vehicle started so they could steal it.

Keeps happening

He also believes theft was the motivation for the smashed window, telling YorkMix:

  • This is happening two or three times a month.

    It doesn’t surprise me to walk past and see cars broken into. I think they’re being targeted by thieves because of the remote location.

This stretch of road is away from residential properties, close to a church and hotel.

Cllr Mason says there are a number of potential responses to the continuing problem, including better lighting and signs to warn drivers it is a car theft hotspot.

CCTV could be installed, but that was expensive and might prove ineffective in catching perpetrators acting in the gloom.