Motorist criticises charges after vehicle vandalised in Dorchester

Dorset Echo: anger: Lauren Browne whose car has been vandalised four times in Dorchester anger: Lauren Browne whose car has been vandalised four times in Dorchester

A MOTORIST has hit out at plans to double the price of a ticket in one of Dorchester’s most popular car parks after her car was vandalised.

Lauren Browne returned to her vehicle in Fairfield car park one night before Christmas to find it ‘looked like an elephant had trampled it.’ She said she thought her car ‘would be safe’ in the West Dorset District Council-owned car park and is now appealing to the council to install CCTV.

Lauren, aged 28, has been using the car park since her car was damaged in a street near Dorchester South train station.

But now she fears doubling the price of an all-day parking ticket at Fairfield from £2 to £4 will lead more people to park in residential areas, causing more problems.

Lauren said: “If the council is going to double the price the least they can do is install some CCTV. Charging £4 a day is going to push people to park in the residential areas which will lead to more vandalism. But apparently you risk that even when you pay to park in a council car park.

“The council will be making enough money from raising the price- surely they can afford some CCTV? I’ve got to pay for the damage to my car.

“And incidents like this are just pushing up insurance and premiums for everyone.”

As reported in the Echo, the council will make an extra £200,000 from the price hike but has confirmed it ‘has no plans’ to install CCTV.

Leader of West Dorset District Council, Robert Gould said: “While I sympathise with anyone who has had their car damaged or vandalised, there are no plans for the district council to install CCTV in Dorchester’s Fairfield car park next year.

“The council is however committed to exploring the use of new technologies in its car parks.

“This includes trialling a barrier-less pay-on-exit system which uses camera technology in a number of our car parks to help make it easier to pay for parking and encourage people to stay for longer in the district’s town centres.”

Councillors agreed earlier this month to raise the price of an all-day ticket at Fairfield to match the tariff at Top O’Town.

The changes, which come in to force in April, will also mean a £2.60 charge for three hours’ parking where there is currently none.

Ms Browne added: ““All I want to do is come to work and go home again. Without CCTV to catch them, whoever did this to my car is just getting away with it. It’s not much to ask for when they’re making so much from putting the price up.”

Inspector Steve Marsh, pictured, of Dorchester Police confirmed that the incident had been reported to police and appealed for anyone with information to contact the county town police station on 101.

He said: “We were contacted about a case of criminal damage to a vehicle.

“I understand the victim was upset because it was the second time it had happened to them.”

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1:34pm Sat 4 Jan 14

David_divenghy2 says...

Thinking your car safe in a public car park is very Naive with all respects, As for the money, one must remember you live in a Psuedo-marxist civil service regime now, the civil service sees your money as their money and they work in THEIR best interest, not yours.

May I suggest you take matters into your own hands to a degree and do a search on ebay for the "car DVR" units (go on Youtube you will see thousands of videos in of them being used to record accidents and bad driving)

If you research the various ones available you will find some do motion detection recording even when you have left the car. They are also very small and easy to hide as well as very cheap (35-80 pounds) .

There are also other key-fob sized DVR's with motion recording you can leave in your car for several hours and they can be very well hidden. At least if it happens again you might catch the scumbags identity then and make a claim against them as well as have them arrested (if the police are not too busy with diversity and equality training)
Thinking your car safe in a public car park is very Naive with all respects, As for the money, one must remember you live in a Psuedo-marxist civil service regime now, the civil service sees your money as their money and they work in THEIR best interest, not yours. May I suggest you take matters into your own hands to a degree and do a search on ebay for the "car DVR" units (go on Youtube you will see thousands of videos in of them being used to record accidents and bad driving) If you research the various ones available you will find some do motion detection recording even when you have left the car. They are also very small and easy to hide as well as very cheap (35-80 pounds) . There are also other key-fob sized DVR's with motion recording you can leave in your car for several hours and they can be very well hidden. At least if it happens again you might catch the scumbags identity then and make a claim against them as well as have them arrested (if the police are not too busy with diversity and equality training) David_divenghy2

1:38pm Sat 4 Jan 14

David_divenghy2 says...

In fact this quote proves my point:

"“The council is however committed to exploring the use of new technologies in its car parks"
“This includes trialling (sic) a barrier-less pay-on-exit system which uses camera technology in a number of our car parks to help make it easier to pay for parking and encourage people to stay for longer in the district’s town centres (sic).”


They are not interested in spending on cameras and tech for the public's safety or their vehicles safety, but they are interested in spending on camera's and technology to help them charge you more and make sure you pay it.
In fact this quote proves my point: "“The council is however committed to exploring the use of new technologies in its car parks" “This includes trialling (sic) a barrier-less pay-on-exit system which uses camera technology in a number of our car parks to help make it easier to pay for parking and encourage people to stay for longer in the district’s town centres (sic).” They are not interested in spending on cameras and tech for the public's safety or their vehicles safety, but they are interested in spending on camera's and technology to help them charge you more and make sure you pay it. David_divenghy2

2:28pm Sat 4 Jan 14

bargain price says...

What a beautiful lady
What a beautiful lady bargain price

6:14pm Sat 4 Jan 14

CoogarUK.com says...

It seems that whoever vandalised this young lady's car in the residential area achieved their desired effect as it moved her on to the car park. However, that sort of behaviour is becoming widespread as more and more residents seem happy to take the law into their own hands just because they don't want anyone being 'allowed' to park outside their home. This sort of criminal damage needs to be clamped down upon by the authorities. Maybe they could set aside some of the proceeds from the increased parking charges in order to help deal with the matter.
It seems that whoever vandalised this young lady's car in the residential area achieved their desired effect as it moved her on to the car park. However, that sort of behaviour is becoming widespread as more and more residents seem happy to take the law into their own hands just because they don't want anyone being 'allowed' to park outside their home. This sort of criminal damage needs to be clamped down upon by the authorities. Maybe they could set aside some of the proceeds from the increased parking charges in order to help deal with the matter. CoogarUK.com

7:08am Mon 6 Jan 14

Green.S says...

Unfortunately and im not condoning it as it must be dreadful to have a car vandalised however this is one reasons why all motorists have insurance.The only person to blame for this is the mindless vandal.

Regrettably due the the explosion of local authority spending whilst under the last government, every council in England are having to make cuts and put up fees in order to pay the bill.
Unfortunately and im not condoning it as it must be dreadful to have a car vandalised however this is one reasons why all motorists have insurance.The only person to blame for this is the mindless vandal. Regrettably due the the explosion of local authority spending whilst under the last government, every council in England are having to make cuts and put up fees in order to pay the bill. Green.S

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