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Cedar Rapids neighborhood sees spike in vandalism

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- Police officers in Cedar Rapids are alerting people living in the Ashford Drive neighborhood to problems that have been occurring since the beginning of this month.

Ashford Drive is a relatively quite neighborhood but in the past week and especially over the weekend, someone or some people have done a lot of damage in this neighborhood.

Below is the police department's breakdown of the crimes that have occurred:

-10/3-4/08, 6 vehicles egged in the 900 blk Ashford Dr NE.
-10/5/08 0420 hrs, vehicle stolen from the 900 blk Ashford Dr NE, driven into a vehicle & residence in the 1200 blk Ashford Dr NE.  Neighbor witnessed a white male teenager walking east from the scene. 

-10/5/08 0400 hrs, passenger seat of Sunbird set on fire in the 800 blk Ashford Dr NE.
-10/5/08, interior of GMC Sierra set on fire in the 800 blk Ashford Dr NE.
-10/5/08, left front window of vehicle in the 600 blk Ashford Dr NE broken, ketchup & mustard splattered over vehicle (both containers left at scene), some blood found on drivers seat.

-10/5/08, theft from vehicle in the 600 blk Ashford Dr NE, occurring from 0200-0430 hrs, blood again found in vehicle.
-10/5/08, interior of Toyota truck set on fire in the 600 blk Ashford Dr NE.

These crimes seem to be random. Some vehicles were on the street and some were in the drive near the house. The best tips to reduce your chance of being a victim are as:

-Don't leave anything of value in plain sight in your vehicle.
-Lock the doors to your vehicle.
-Park in the driveway when possible. It will reduce your chances some.
-Leave your front porch/garage lights on.
-As you are walking by windows at the front of your home, look out at your vehicle and in the street at other vehicles. If you see someone suspicious, call the police.

-Talk to your neighbors. See if they have heard of anything happening in your neighborhood.
-Check on your kids during the night. Make sure that your kids are in bed and not the ones part of the problem. Talk to your kids. They may know more than you think about what goes on in your neighborhood.

If you have information in regards to these or any other crime, call CRIME STOPPERS at 1-800-CR-CRIME. If the information you provide, leads to an arrest, you may be eligible for a reward. All calls remain anonymous.

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