30 vehicles vandalized at Piedmont Triad International Airport long-term parking lot

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Imagine coming back from a trip, only to find your car with the windows smashed out and obscenities spray-painted on it.

That was the case for owners of 30 cars left at the PTI long-term parking lot.

While investigators are working with the Airport Authority to find out what happened and who’s responsible, people are questioning if there’s enough security at the airport.

Kevin Baker, the executive director of the Airport Authority, said there are three different types of patrols going through the parking lots regularly and there is a surveillance camera system.

But after the extensive damage and vandalism, they’re stepping up their efforts.

“I’m feeling mad right now. I’m really, really angry,” said Virginia Roa, one of the 30 people returning home to find an orange obscenity spray-painted on the front of her car.

“It’s so embarrassing,” she said. “At least my car is better though. Look at this car, and this car and the other car with those windows.”

She pointed to the dozen of other cars, surrounding hers, with the windows busted out.

The broken glass is now covered in plastic and police tape.

“I drove in looking for a parking spot and I noticed a couple of cars that had kind of spray-painted circles on them and yellow tape,” John Fink said.

The vandalism caught the attention of Fink and other people heading out to catch a Monday afternoon flight.

They’re now wondering if their car will be safe in what they thought was a secured area.

“You wouldn’t think something like that would happen in a parking lot of an airport, considering all of the security you have inside,” Fink said. “You’d expect something similar here on the outside, especially in controlled, long-term parking.”

Baker said this has never happened at the airport before.

“There’s never been anything like this, at least to this magnitude,” he said.

He adds that they are going to reevaluate their security plans and make improvements.

But some travelers aren’t sure if that’s enough.

“I think there’s an expectation that when you’re parking your vehicles here to go on a trip, that there’s going to be security around your property,” Fink said.

“Someone is going to give me a ride from now on,” Roa said. “I’m not parking here anymore.”

FOX8 is told that despite the damage it doesn’t appear that there were any thefts from inside of the vandalized cars.

The Airport Authority is working with the people who are affected to make sure they can get their cars to the right places, and answer any questions, while officials work on the investigation.

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