DENVER -- More than a dozen residents of a Denver apartment complex woke up to slashed car tires -- again.
For the fourth time in about five weeks, criminals have targeted their vehicles at the Northfield Apartments at 4900 N. Trenton St.
“It’s really, really frustrating,” three-month resident Karlie Rogers said. “This is the third time."
“The first time, it was kind of like a shock. The second time, I saw my tire, I started bawling,” said another resident who didn’t want to be identified.
She also has been victimized three times.
Vandals have punctured tires at complex four times since New Year's Eve for a total of 54 damaged vehicles. Sixteen happened Monday night or Tuesday morning.
The vandals also struck on Jan. 7 and Jan. 28.
“This happens so many times now. We’re kind of done,” said resident Christian Tarango, who just bought a Saturn SUV.
Residents at the affordable housing complex who woke up to slashed tires must also now deal with a big slice out of their wallets too.
“Almost $200,” Rogers said about already replacing two tires.
The crimes are also deflating their sense of security.
“What I keep asking is ‘Why me?’ My mom thinks I’m a target. But I don’t have any enemies,” Rogers said.
The complex is spending thousands of dollars to install security cameras around the property.
“They’re getting up now. Hopefully that helps,” Rogers said.
And if the criminals’ fear of getting caught doesn’t keep them away, residents hope their sense of decency will.
“Whoever is doing this, we’d really appreciate it if you stop. It’s stopping single mothers from getting their kids to school, to day care and stopping us from getting to our jobs,” another victim said.
One resident said he saw two young men run off and get in separate cars about 4 a.m. Tuesday.
Descriptions of the suspects were vague. The Police Department said it will also be patrolling this area more frequently.
A GoFundMe account has been set up for the residents affected by the slashed tires.