I think of myself as a generally paranoid type of neighborhood personality. I’m always watching out for strange people in the hood and figure they are up to something, however, not being of a criminal mind, myself, I am usually wrong about people. I can understand a person who would steal because they have nothing or even because they want drugs. I can’t wrap my head around senseless acts of violence, though. A few weeks ago I reported that some helium balloons had been stolen from inside the garden. Not harmful, just stupid. I wish I had spent more time trying to figure out how they got in. Turns out, it was pretty simple to bypass the locked gate and the most recent acts of vandalism were much more severe.
The paint which was being used to paint the shed (the lovely mint green and some trim colors) was “liberated” from the property and splashed all over the street and sidewalk and on the outside of no less than 3 cars and poured through the sun roof of one car (a fine welcome to our new neighbors on the block). One of the cars also had damage to a tire and a busted out window as I heard it. I did not get wind of what had happened until most of it had been cleaned up.
This is frustrating. I had not considered that a 5 gallon bucket of paint would be used as a weapon or that someone would be that malicious and destructive. What’s next? How could I possibly prevent something equally appalling from happening again? I know many of you will suggest a security camera and some motion detector lights, which are a fine idea if you have them to donate to the garden. I have put a second lock on the gate to prevent squeezing through (though these culprits-judging by their painty shoe prints-may still be small enough to get in). I know all the neighbors are watching the lot-especially the ones who spent Saturday scrubbing their cars-but I would like to ask all of the neighbors who pass by the garden in the latest and earliest hours to please keep a look out and CALL THE POLICE if you see ANYTHING going on in that lot overnight!
We no longer have enough paint to finish painting the shed and some materials we were set to return to Parr lumber can no longer go back because they got black paint splashed all over them. So…that’s all I have to say about that.