COMMUTERS parking at North Road in Inverkeithing believe someone is taking the law into their own hands after several reports of damage to cars there. When Lisa Black, from Duloch, shared on social media that the rear window of her black BMW had been smashed while parked on the road on Wednesday, she was shocked to hear there were others who had experienced the same vandalism there. 

The self-employed systems analyst travels from Inverkeithing to Edinburgh every day but can’t get parked at the rail station and has been leaving her car on North Road for the last several months without any trouble before Wednesday. 

The 43-year-old told the Press: “It appears that someone or some people are taking a vigilante stance and trying to deter commuters from parking in areas that have no restrictions. 

“There was nothing of value in the car apart from two children’s car seats which were still there, making me think that this was an act of malice rather than robbery. 

“Apart from the upset and cost this has caused me, I was extremely shocked to discover that a number of people have experienced the same issue and if the total cost of the damage was added up, it would amount to thousands of pounds. 

“I am always conscious not to park beside residents’ houses or block anyone in, so I don’t understand why someone would so this?”
Lisa said that the vandalism was reported to police at about 12.45pm but believes the damage must have been done between 8-11am as a passer-by also saw the mess beforehand. It angers me that people think they can just cause that amount of damage to someone’s property,” she added. 

“People have said that some residents and cyclists have been quite vocal about commuters parking there.
“It’s stressful enough as it is, commuting every day! I don’t have an option, I have to drop my children off at school and I can’t get the train any earlier.”

Sean Dúláin-Osborne, a 39-year-old father from Duloch, had his car keyed on October 24 on the road. It was the first time he had parked there and feels the police are not doing anything to help. 
He said: “I am at the end of my tether hearing that this has happened to another car. 

“My cousin parks there every day and you should see the state of it, it’s like someone’s played noughts and crosses all over it! She also got verbal abuse from a cyclist when she was getting out of her car one day. 
“I had to pay £500 to get my car fixed just before Christmas so it meant that the mortgage didn’t get paid that month. 
“I can count six different people who say their vehicle has been vandalised. 

“I’ve had no contact from the Community Sergeant since October and I’ve also made a complaint to the Police Commission. 
“This person has become very brazen, just how much more money will they cost everyone before the police do something?”

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “Police in Fife are investigating after officers discovered that a car had been vandalised in North Road, Inverkeithing, on Wednesday, February 21.

“Inquiries are currently ongoing and anyone with information is urged to contact officers.

“This is the second incident of vandalism in North Road to be reported to police since October 2017, with an incident reported in December 2017.
“Work is currently ongoing with Fife Council in order to combat parking and traffic issues in the local area.

“Anyone wishing to make a report of vandalism to police is encouraged to do so via 101, or anonymously through the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”