Owners of 20 vehicles on Judson Avenue, Keeney Street, and Hinman Avenue in south Evanston woke up yesterday morning to find tires slashed on their vehicles parked on the street.

Evanston Police Department Cmdr. Jay Parrott said Wednesday it appeared to be one or more persons that had punctured the tires in a random fashion, apparently with a knife.

The department received no calls while the vandalism was going on, he said, nor were there any known witnesses to the acts. The area was bounded by South Boulevard on the south, Hinman Avenue on the west, Kedzie Street on the north, and Judson Avenue on the east.

In the 500 and 600 blocks of Judson, damage was sustained by a 2008 Honda, a 2010 Honda, a 2001 Suzuki, a 2008 Land Rover, a 2010 Toyota, a 1998 Jeep, a 2002 GMC, a 2005 Lexus, a 2000 Lexus, a 2004 Jeep, a 2006 Toyota, a 1995 Toyota, a 2013 Volkswagen, and a  2003 Acura.

In the 400 block of Keeney, damage occurred to two 2007 Toyotas, a 2005 Toyota, and a 2013 Volkswagen.

In the 700 block of Hinman, a 2007 Hyundai and a 1999 Ford were hit.

Police have little to go on, Parrott said, due to the lack of videos or witness reports. Also, slashing tires makes little noise that would attract attention.

There is little a car owner can do to protect his vehicle from such a crime, he added, beyond parking in a locked garage or in a secure fenced parking lot.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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