Several cars vandalized overnight in Roy neighborhood

Posted at 7:56 PM, Sep 23, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-24 09:00:28-04

ROY, Utah -- Nearly 20 Roy Residents woke up Tuesday morning to find their cars trashed by vandals.

"It's frustrating -- we shouldn't have to watch our backs every night and feel like our property isn't being protected," said Chris Jorgensen who has lived in the area for more than 13 years.

Roy police say most of the cars that were hit had the tires slashed, others were keyed, some had the windows smashed and torn off and in one car the seat belts had been cut off and the interior destroyed.

"You never think something like this would happen to you. You hear about it other places but you never expect it to be you," said Samuel Oldham who has lived in the area for nearly two decades.

The vandalism was spread over an area between 4000 South to 4800 South from the railroad tracks to Midland Drive.

Police say the vehicles appear to have been randomly targeted.

"Unknown motive right now but it looks like people damaging cars for fun or just to cause problems for us," said Sgt. Shane Hubbard with Roy City Police Department.

Neighbors say they're shocked something like this would happen in the usually quiet neighborhood.

"I would never have expected this," said Sarah Elliott who has lived in the area since 2006.

Residents say they can't help but worry the vandals will strike again.

"If they can get into 30 cars in one night and not get caught then the next thought could be, ‘let's start getting into houses,’" Jorgensen said.

Residents are now working to put together a neighborhood watch in hopes of preventing more vandalism or to catch those behind it.

Police say they will have more officers patrolling the area throughout the next week.