Residents of Braemar and Villages at Saybrooke neighborhoods in Bristow are concerned about a recent rise in incidents of vandalism throughout their communities.
In the past few weeks, residents have noted acts of vandalism such as broken windows and a mason jar that was smashed in the Saybrooke pool, which resulted in the draining of the pool for cleaning.
However, the police are not ready to say the incidents were committed by the same individual or group.
“I can’t say the incidents are connected unless there is evidence to say otherwise,” police spokesman Officer Jonathan Perok said.
Some residents believe that with the school year coming to an end, the vandalism will increase in the coming weeks.
“I’m not aware of any spikes in vandalism during the summer months, but this type of crime is usually committed by teenagers and young adults,” Perok said. “Since these crimes are usually committed by younger offenders, it’s a possibility they live in the neighborhoods they are vandalizing.”
Perok advises that residents report suspicious persons or vehicles to police immediately so they can investigate.
“We also encourage parents to know what their children are doing when they are not being supervised,” he said.
Villages at Saybrooke Manager David Conte said the Saybrooke pool is scheduled to reopen Wednesday around 3 p.m. He said he does not yet know what the draining and cleaning of the pool will cost the homeowners association, and that he had contacted Prince William Police about the vandalism.
© 2013, Jason Shaw. All rights reserved.