It seems cars with
smashed windows or vehicles moved from their parks into the
middle of the street are becoming common sights in Dunedin's
But Acting Senior Sergeant Damion Rangitutia has warned the
joke is over, and police and residents were keeping an eye on
the area in a bid to catch the culprit(s).
Acting Snr Sgt Rangitutia said several residents had
complained their cars had been damaged - most had their
windows smashed and one had its ignition tampered with.
And yesterday, Heriot Row residents woke to find a red Honda
City Turbo had been moved out of its car park and on to the
A man who works in the area, Ken Buchanan, said he believed
the damage was being caused by students.
''It's nothing more than a student prank.
''My plumber was here the other day and someone threw a rock
through the back window of his van.
''They don't take anything - they are just out to create as
much damage as possible.''
Mr Buchanan said the latest prank - moving the parked car on
to the street - had created a potential death trap.
The vehicle had been left on the brow of a hill, and vehicles
had to swerve into the path of oncoming traffic to go around
it, without knowing what was coming over the hill from the
opposite direction, he said.
''It's just plain dangerous.
''I feel sorry for the owner of the car because it was
unwarranted and unregistered, and now he'll get a huge
The car was later removed by the Dunedin City Council.
Acting Snr Sergeant Rangitutia asked residents to contact
Dunedin police if they noticed any suspicious activity in the
City Rise area.