More cars smashed and burned on the Swansea street plagued by vandals

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Cars have been smashed and burned along a Swansea city street over a period of three nights.

The wanton vandalism to vehicles parked on Terrace Road is just the latest in a series of incidents involving cars left in and around the Mount Pleasant street.

And it has left residents – who are quick to highlight the community spirit of the majority of the area – calling for tighter security to prevent further vandalism.

One resident discovered her car had been broken into and burned after heading out a First Aid course early in the morning.

She said: “It is massively frustrating. I came down on a Monday morning because I was going to attend a First Aid training course, and I thought there was something odd because I could not see inside my car and the door was open.

“There was soot on the windows, and inside I could see they had set fire to the driver’s seat and the child’s seat which was in there, and they’d attempted to damage the back seat as well.



Interior of a car which was broken into and burned on Terrace Road

“What kind of people do that? They don’t know, but children could be dependent on that.

“I couldn’t get to my First Aid course that day, and because it meant I missed a couple of modules, it’s meant I’ve missed the whole thing, and have had to delay taking the course now.

“I use the car to go back and forth to work, and to pick up my sister from school.

She added: “It’s such a shame because the area I live is close knit, and when one person’s car is damaged, everyone feels for you.

“There’s no CCTV on the road, and police can’t do anything about it.

“There wasn’t anything to take from the vehicle, as we never leave anything in there, but why do they have to burn it? They’re just having a jolly, and now I’ve got to deal with the consequences”.

Three nights later on the same road, two other cars had their windows smashed, while wing mirrors on a number of other cars were said to be damaged to.

The owner of one vehicle, whose windscreen was shattered, said: “We are dogged with consistent car crime on Terrace Road that not only cost us considerably financially but also time and emotional cost.’

“We cannot use domestic CCTV on many of the properties here due to lack of eyeline sight and GDPR and ICO regulations.

“So unless we get support from elsewhere such as the council or police, who could fit appropriate CCTV, we are in an impossible position.

“’We really need support to find a solution because at the moment the residents are in a Catch 22 situation.

“There is a fabulous and established community here that is being victimised by just a few in the area”.



Another car on Terrace Road which had its windscreen smashed

Vandalism of cars in the Terrace Road area is not unusual.

One night last year, windows were again put through on a series of vehicles parked on Terrace Road and streets off it.

And on the same night vandals released the hand brake of a car parked on Constitution Hill, which down from Terrace Road and has a gradient of 30%, causing it to roll downwards into another vehicle.

A spokesman for South Wales Police said: “We received two reports of cars being damaged in Terrace Road in Swansea overnight February 5 to 6 and one report of a car being damaged overnight February 2 to 3.

“Enquiries are ongoing and we would ask the public to report anyone acting suspiciously in the area to us, by calling 101.”



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