POLICE are hunting for a serial tyre slasher who has vandalised 21 cars in the last three weeks.
In total 29 vehicles have had their tyres cut in two months in Uplands, Swansea, with the attacker always striking at night.
Police have stepped up patrols in the area to try to catch the culprit — and in the meantime they are urging motorists to check their tyres for damage before driving off in the mornings.
Inspector Steve Jones of Swansea Central police station appealed for anyone with information to come forward.
He said: "We are taking these incidents very seriously and a dedicated officer has been assigned to investigate all the crimes which have been reported.
"We are pursuing a number of lines of enquiry in an attempt to apprehend the offender.
"We have increased patrols in the area and we will continue this in order to catch those responsible and to prevent further offences.
"I would urge members of the public to report any suspicious activity immediately to the police. Due to the obvious safety consequences of such actions, I would also urge motorists in this area to check their vehicles for tyre damage before setting off."
Twenty-six of the attacks have happened in Eaton Crescent, the other three in neighbouring Uplands Crescent.
Detectives say the tyres were slashed using a knife or other "sharp instrument", and they are appealing for anyone who can help identify the attacker to come forward.
Can you help? Call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or PC Chris Walters on 07969 894791.