AUSTIN (KXAN) — Police are investigating after several cars were vandalized in a parking lot designated for travelers near the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.
According to Fast Park, the company that owns the lot off of Spirit of Texas Drive, “Individuals illegally gained access to the Austin Fast Park facility and damaged several cars on the lot,” in the early morning hours on Saturday.
The lot is surrounded by barbed wire fencing. A company spokesperson says the vandals cut a hole through the fence to get inside.
That same spokesperson says Fast Park is assisting affected guests as police investigate. The Austin Police Department told KXAN detectives are looking into what happened.
The company says police have heightened security in the area, and that Fast Park will also have additional security on-site throughout the month of July.
According to Fast Park, security already patrols 24/7 at the lot. The parking lot is also lit and has some security cameras. The fence around the lot is now being monitored daily, according to the company.
The Fast Park lot provides shuttle service to and from the airport, but it is not affiliated with ABIA.
A spokesperson for ABIA told KXAN its lots are secured at all times. Park and Zoom, which is next to the airport, also has security cameras and security guards patrolling 24/7.
ABIA officials expect this month to be the busiest in ABIA history. They say July is the busiest month for travel every year, with about 250,000 more visitors flying in and out for summer trips than during the holiday months of November and December.
As of Monday afternoon, ABIA said there were about 500 parking spots still available in its long-term lot.
At 6 on KXAN, crime reporter Jacqulyn Powell will look into the vandalism.