In the past 24 hours, there have been reports of vandals flipping over four Smart Cars in the San Francisco area.
Some people are calling these acts the city version of cow tipping.
While Smart Cars are tiny and convenient, they have also become an easy target for people interested in tipping them over. Whether it be roof down, nose up or on one side, overnight, the lightweight vehicles, which weigh about 1,600 pounds, were placed into some unusual positions.
“I heard the sound of a vehicle kind of idling outside and then a loud crash and then the vehicle speeding off,” Dyche Mullins told KGO-TV. “It just didn’t look like a wreck.”
Police allege between six and eight people are involved and that this is the first time they’ve seen Smart Car tipping taking place in San Francisco.
But the damages caused to the vehicles will cost their owners thousands of dollars, especially considering the majority of insurance providers don’t cover such incidents.
“Because it was rolled onto its roof, the insurance company has told us it’s likely a total loss,” said Andrew Smith, a victim of last night’s crime spree.
The crimes are currently being investigated as felony vandalism.
“All we have right now are multiple suspects wearing black hooded sweatshirts,” Officer Gordon Shyy said.
He suggests Smart Car owners park in a garage to prevent their vehicles from being targeted.