Helen Ganson awoke Friday morning only to find that her vehicle had been damaged in the Sherman Towers senior citizens’ home’s parking lot.
© Herald photo by Perry Bergson
Sherman Towers resident Helen Ganson had the back window of her car smashed on Friday. To her knowledge, it was the third vehicle to be damaged in the last week in the senior citizens’ home’s parking lot.
Notified by her neighbour, Ganson checked on her car and found the back window had been completely smashed in and that there was damage to the hood.
To Ganson’s knowledge, her car was the third to be damaged in the last week, but she said there could be more.
“It doesn’t happen often, but it does happen,” said Ganson, who has been a resident of Sherman Towers for more than 10 years.
This is the second time her vehicle has been damaged while residing at the home.
“The first time it happened was about two years ago,” she said. “I had a different vehicle and they had put a hole right into the hood.”
Later on Friday, Ganson took the vehicle to be inspected, was given a document stating what damage had been done and planned to bring the vehicle to a body shop to have it fixed.
“Apparently, (the body shop) can’t do anything for awhile because they don’t have any windows to put in right away,” Ganson said. “I won’t be able to get it done until next week sometime.”
In the meantime, Ganson will have to make due with a plastic cover that the garage had placed over the broken window.
“I can drive like that, but like I said, it’s not safe to leave it out on the street (or in the parking lot),” Ganson said.
Ganson noted that there is a security camera at the door of the building but feels it isn’t enough.
“What we need there is a security camera like we have at the door,” she said. “If they had something like that, then they’d know who’s damaging the vehicles there, because isn’t the first time it’s happened.”
For now, Ganson said there is little she can do about the incident.
“There’s nothing much we can do, because we don’t know who’s doing it,” she said. “The only thing we can do is get our vehicle fixed up and hope nothing like this ever happens again.”
While she is currently unaware of what the costs might be, Ganson said they will be especially difficult to cover because she is on a pension.
“We have a limited amount of money to work with, so we cannot work to regain extra to get the vehicle fixed,” she said.
The Prince Albert Housing Authority operates the Sherman Towers residence.
Ganson attempted to notify the authority of the damage.
“All they said was that they’ll look into it,” Ganson said.
Ganson said she also inquired about the possibility of installing another camera.
“All they said was it costs too much to do that, so they don’t know what to do about it,” Ganson said.
The Prince Albert Housing Authority refused to comment on the incident. Prince Albert Police Service could not be reached for comment.