City of Winston-Salem beefing up security after 14 vehicle windows smashed at parking deck

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- The City of Winston-Salem is modifying security measures at a city-owned parking deck after windows of several vehicles were smashed overnight Saturday into Sunday.

Police say the windows were smashed on 14 vehicles, with another two vehicles targeted, at the 4th/Church Street parking deck between 10 p.m. Saturday and about 1:45 a.m. Sunday.

On Monday, there were still several piles of shattered glass amongst multiple levels of the deck.

“Yeah, it’s frustrating because you pay for these places to live downtown and you [have to] deal with stuff like this,” said Ben Sink, whose vehicle was targeted.

Sink spent his Monday morning assessing and cleaning up the damage.

“It’s all stuck in the sides,” he said, with glass audibly falling as he shut his driver’s side door. “I just don’t know how to get all that out.”

City workers were on hand shortly thereafter, cleaning up the piles.

The deck is multi-use; utilized by people who are visiting the city, as well as those who work and live there.

“Pretty unfortunate because you pay for these parking spaces and there’s no security,” said Sink, who pays to park there permanently.

City of Winston-Salem Assistant City Manager Greg Turner tells FOX8 that the city employs daily security attendants who rove the deck during the day and evenings, from when the deck opens until about 10 p.m. However, in the wake of the break-ins, the city will be beefing up their security presence.

Turner added that there are security cameras, but only at the entrances and exits of the deck. The city plans to recruit the police department to do a facility assessment of the deck to see where security measures can be improved.

Police say a mere three items were taken from the 14 vehicles that were broken into.