By Milly Vincent For Mailonline
Published: 16:25 BST, 1 July 2019 | Updated: 16:25 BST, 1 July 2019
Furious motorists have blasted a police force after they called to report yobs smashing up their vehicles in a 'mindless' wrecking spree only to be told officers do not come out to car crimes.
More than a dozen cars were targeted by the vandals, who smashed front and rear windscreens in the early hours of the morning.
Angry Adrian Parker's car was one of those damaged, but when he and others in his street in Southampton, Hants, called police, they were told no officers would be coming to their aid.
Damage caused to cars on Defender Road, Southampton, where yobs smashed up resident's vehicles in a 'mindless' wrecking spree
Michael Thorpe looking at the damage caused to his car on Defender Road, Southampton
The 41-year-old said he and his neighbours felt 'let down' by Hampshire police, having been left to sort the thousands of pounds of damage themselves.
The force today said that officers had not been deployed immediately following a 'risk assessment' because the crime was over by the time it was reported and did not involve a 'threat to life'.