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Neighborhood targeted by tire-slashing vandal

URBANA -- Someone is slashing tires on parked cars in one neighborhood.
URBANA -- Someone is slashing tires on parked cars in one neighborhood. Residents say it's happened around Mumford Drive at least ten times in two weeks. WCIA-3's Amanda Porterfield has more.

The vandalism has driven people to form a neighborhood watch group. People are tired of the vandalism and, instead of sitting around waiting for police, they're doing something about it.

Ludo Feanderhout is just one man, but he's going to each door on and around his block hoping to build an army of eyes to keep watch.

"I'm concerned about my neighborhood."

Especially after he walked outside on Thanksgiving Day to find his tires slashed. At first, he thought his wife ran over a piece of glass. Then, after it happened a second time, he started asking around.

"I have no idea why people would do that. It's really sad that somebody does it and doesn't realize the kind of damage."

Feanderhout says, besides damaging tires, the vandalism has made a lot of his neighbors afraid. He's spent hours handing out more than 80 fliers about a watch group a few people want to form. But, he says he's really had to convince a lot of people to join.

"I am not afraid. And, if I have to put in a little extra time to make my neighborhood safer, I will do that."

Police say they're doing extra patrols, but Feanderhout says it's up to the people who live here.

"We can work in sections around, alert each other, text each other, if there's something going on. We had three tires slashed at my house in a week's time."

"How much did that cost?"

"About $100 to change the tire."

"Each one?"

"Yes."

It's money which would have gone to put more presents under the tree. This year, he says Christmas will be a little dim, not just for his daughters, but for his neighbors too.

"I hope the neighborhood gets closer; that we all be aware and make a safer place in the neighborhood."

Police say they're making extra rounds, but really need the public's help.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers. You can remain anonymous and may earn a cash reward.

Champaign County Crime Stoppers
(217) 373 - TIPS
373tips.com
Text: CCTip + info to CRIMES (274637)
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