Authorities are asking people to be on the lookout for a "real jerk."
Deer Park Police posted to social media Tuesday, asking the public to remain vigilant after vandalism to vehicles.
"Folks there is no politically correct way to say this; we have a real jerk in town," reads the post. "Person or persons are going around at night deeply scratching cars for no apparent reason."
Police believe someone has been using a knife to scratch the sides of cars in the neighborhood. They said it’s being done in so many different parts of town that the suspect may be using a bicycle to get around.
“It’s not the crime of the century but for Deer Park it is, you know 12 cars in a small little community is a big deal to us,” Lt. Dan McCormick said.
The department also said neighboring Sycamore Township has had a similar issue in one of their neighborhoods.
FOX19 NOW spoke with a victim of the crimes, who wished to remain anonymous, but has now been hit twice.
“I had to take time off work to get an estimate, I had to take time off work to get the repair done. I was without my car for two weeks while a repair was being done, my insurance rate went up because of the repair work," they said.
Police said there are no suspects, patterns or likely locations.
Deer Park Police are asking residents to report any suspicious activity during the overnight hours.
“We know that there’s more natural surveillance out there that people are using so we really hope that somebody catches something on one of their cameras and brings it up to us,” Lt. McCormick said.
Since the story was first reported Tuesday afternoon, Deer Park Police said they've taken 12 additional reports.
The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office is also investigating a couple of similar incidents in Silverton, and say Sycamore Township was also "heavily hit."
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