Smashing return to Coffs

WELCOME to Coffs Harbour, it's a smashing place.

Kate Dallimore says having her car window smashed, her door locks broken and her CD player and 30 CDS stolen is a lesson to her to trust her gut instincts.

She said she had a bad feeling about leaving her car in the public car park at Coffs Harbour Regional Airport on Friday, but after a trip from Grafton and in a hurry to catch her plane, she ignored it.

Up for thousands in expenses and increased insurance premiums, she says she will never leave her car in the public car park again.

She arrived home on Monday evening to find herself one of about 50 airline passengers to have their vehicles damaged and belongings stolen in a major hit on the airport public car park between 9.30pm and midnight on Friday.

"It's the last thing you need when you get back," she said.

Coffs Harbour Police left letters on cars telling owners that fingerprint experts had been called to take samples and examine evidence and asking every owner to contact the Police Assistance Line on 13 14 44 to report the damage.

Police say all damage and all items stolen should be recorded for use as evidence in case offenders are taken to court.

Ms Dallimore says the airport should at least have cameras at the entry and exit points of the car park, so they can record who goes in and out.



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