VILLAGERS have appealed to police and councillors for measures to stop vandals attacking their cars.
Residents in West End, Netherthong, claim they have been plagued by vandalism for years.
The quiet, unlit street has had at least 32 incidents of vandalism to vehicles between June 2005 and December 2009.
One unlucky couple have had their cars vandalised 15 times in the same period, while the previous occupant of their house moved out after persistent attacks on her car.
And, say neighbours, the attacks have become more frequent since 2008, spreading from Friday nights to throughout the week.
Vandals have done everything from let down tyres to smashing windscreens.
Some damage has cost up to £1,800 to fix, while some neighbours have been unable to afford repairs.
Netherthong has now overtaken Honley and Meltham to become the second worst area – after Holmfirth – for vandalism in the Holme Valley.
Sheelagh Illingworth, who lives on West End, said: “It’s become so bad that no-one dares park there.
“We certainly should get better lighting and do what the police are saying, which is more patrols.
“You can only claim on your insurance for so long until you become uninsurable.
“People are parking elsewhere which is adding to congestion in the village.
“Some people are feeling targeted.
“There are suspects but nobody is quite sure.”
Valleys Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) have distributed leaflets warning residents of the problem.
Sgt Simon Haigh of the Valleys NPT said: “The issue was raised at the recent Partners and Communities Together meeting and is something we have now set as a local priority.
“We will be undertaking high visibility patrols in the area and undertaking a leaflet drop to inform residents of the action we are taking in partnership with the council.
“If you do experience any damage or have any information about those responsible, please let us know about it and we can take the appropriate action.”
Holme Valley South councillor Donald Firth added: “This issue was raised at the last meeting of the Holme Valley South area committee and ward councillors Nigel Patrick, Ken Sims and I asked that it be addressed as one of the local police priorities.
“The Safer Communities service has been talking to local residents about the problem and measures such as improved street lighting and litter clearance to improve the area are being explored.
“The NPT have issued a leaflet to villagers in the area and will be doing additional patrols. The Neighbourhood Management Group will review and monitor the situation.”