DECATUR — A spate of tire-puncturing vandalism at Decatur’s Timber Cove apartment complex is prompting the property’s management to step up security.
Property Manager Crystal Steen said a fleet of security cameras was being installed to monitor the spacious parking lot where six vehicles had their tires deflated Tuesday night.
“It was not even a week ago we cleared out all the brush and the parking lot is already well-lit,” said Steen. “Now we will have camera surveillance.”
Detective Sgt. Chris Copeland with Decatur Police said the criminal damage was under investigation but the public’s help would be valuable; call Crime Stoppers at (217) 423-8477 or the police at (217) 424- 2734.
Copeland said it was hard to say who was behind the tire damage, but he’s seen instances of it before. “We have rashes of things like this all over the place at different times,” he said.
Timber Cove has been the victim of a similar incident in the past: Herald & Review records show a 33-year-old woman was ordered to pay more than $3,000 in restitution and sentenced to 18 months probation in 2008 for slashing tires on 24 vehicles in the Timber Cove lot.
Steen disputes the number of tires involved as “completely wrong” in that incident and recalls it was a much smaller number. She said in the latest incident another 20 tires had the air let out of them without being punctured, and her staff acted quickly to help tenants.
“So we went around personally with our own air pump and we aired up everybody’s tires,” added Steen.
She said the investment in the cameras for the 272-apartment complex would be considerable but saw it as money well-spent. “The expense does not matter as long as I can protect my residents from from somebody who comes out here to do something like this,” she said.
“My first concern is my tenants and I will make sure they are taken care of and nothing like this ever happens again.”