Two parking machines on Beverley Crescent, Bedford were broken into over one weekend, with attempts made on two more machines in the area.
Nearly £100 was taken from these two machines, making a total of around £2,600 stolen from parking machines in the Borough in 2019 alone, across 25 break-ins.
Repeated instances of criminal damage to the Council’s parking machines is costing increasing levels of taxpayers’ money- approximately £7000 since the start of 2019 alone.
Cllr Charles Royden, Portfolio Holder for Highways and Transport said “It is outrageous that this criminal behaviour continues, and this crime goes beyond the money stolen from the machines. On many occasions, it has cost the Council more in repairs to get the machines back up and running than the money that has been stolen.
“The Council is working with the Police, but we are asking the public if they have information to contact the Police, or the Council on 01234 718398.”