New data has revealed the top 10 vehicle crime hotpots for Lancashire – with Walton-le-Dale and Bamber Bridge revealed as among the worst areas. Figures from the UK’s police hub show that some 450 vehicle crimes took place in four Preston suburbs in the last year.
Second highest on the list was Bamber Bridge and Walton-le-Dale, where 126 crimes were recorded between September 2017 to August 2018.
A further 324 crimes took place in St Matthews (119), Ashton and Docks (104), and Plungington (101), which ranked fourth, eighth and tenth respectively.
Preston Bus employee Jason Fitzer’s Vauxhall Astra was the target of £800 of criminal damage over the summer, with the words “don’t park” scratched across the bonnet when it was parked in Suffolk Road, Deepdale.
Many residents of the road also spoke to the Post anonymously about damage to their cars while parked on the road.
Imtiaz Merchant, has had his car scratched all the way round and was told the bill for having it repainted was likely to reach between £400 and £500.
“There was £800 of damage which I can’t afford to go out repair just like that,” Jason explained.
For Jason, the incident followed on from a similar one in adjoining Argyll Road some six months earlier. Jason said: “Six months prior I was parked up in the car around the corner from Suffolk Road. I’d just finished work and I was on the phone to my wife when a man came up to the window and said ‘move your car before I move it for you’. “He said he parked where I was so it was ‘his’ spot. “These people are completely comfortable [doing this] around that area.”
“These figures show that car crime continues to be a blight on society.”