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Car owner finds nails embedded in rear tyres after visit to Jurong

While it is not uncommon to see rubbish bins placed outside landed properties, things have taken a nasty turn in landed estate Westwood Crescent in Jurong.

Police are investigating an incident after a visitor found nails embedded in both rear tyres of his car after he parked next to some semi-detached homes near a playground in the estate.

The incident took place on March 2, when the 37-year-old was having Chinese New Year reunion dinner at a relative's home.

The car owner, who wanted to be known only as Mr Zhou, said he realised something was wrong with his car when he was driving off after dinner.

"I heard strange sounds coming from the car," he said.

He said that in footage taken off a video camera in the back of his car, a middle-aged man can be seen behaving suspiciously behind the vehicle for about 30 minutes before the incident. The video is now with the police.

Residents said most homes in the estate have enough room on the driveway for only one car.

Kerbside parking is also limited to one car outside each house.

One side of the road is marked by a single yellow line, which restricts parking to between 7pm and 7am.

Resident Jervin Seet said: "People can 'chope' the parking spaces (with bins), but if someone moves the bin, there is nothing you can do."

The nearest public carpark is at a Housing Board block in Jurong West Avenue 5, about 100m away.

A spokesman for the Land Transport Authority said that for private estates, it adopts a community approach by advising residents to ensure the objects they place outside their homes do not pose a safety hazard or obstruct other road users.

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