National Park Service law enforcement rangers will increase patrol activities at parking lots after a rash of tire slashings over the past two weeks in Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
According to Park Service public affairs specialist Mike Barber, owners of seven different vehicles reported puncture damage to their tires between July 11 and July 21.
Five of the seven vandalized vehicles were Jeep Wranglers, and in most of the cases at least four tires were punctured, according to Barber.
Dates and locations of the specific incidents:
- On July 11, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., four tires were punctured on a Jeep Wrangler parked approximately one mile north of Rodanthe along N.C. 12.
- On July 11, between 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., five tires were punctured on a Jeep Wrangler parked in the Ramp 27 parking lot.
- On July 12, between 11:30 a.m. and 3:45 p.m., five tires were punctured on a Jeep Wrangler parked just north of Coquina Beach.
- On July 17, between 12:30 p.m. and 5 p.m., four tires were punctured on a Jeep Wrangler at the Coquina Beach parking lot.
- Between 9 p.m. on July 20 and 10 a.m. on July 21, four tires were punctured on a Toyota Corolla at the Ramp 23 parking lot.
- On July 21, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., four tires were punctured on a Jeep Wrangler at the Coquina Beach parking lot.
- On July 21, between 10 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., three tires were punctured at the Ramp 34 parking lot.
Barber said anyone who witnessed unusual activity at those locations are asked to help solve these crimes by reporting tips anonymously.
Tips can also be submitted via Dare County Community Crimeline.
Along with the increased patrols, the Park Service is coordinating efforts with the Dare County Sheriff’s Office, and Nags Head and Kill Devil Hills police departments.