One Friday night in March a car was set on fire at Näsbychaussén. Sheyda Palani, working at the council’s home care service, was the owner. ”I didn’t sleep all night”, she says.
Sheida Palani was about to leave work at Näsby’s home care service and go home. At 10 pm she heard a loud bang. Then the noise from a car driving off. Sheyda Palani suspected mischief and walked towards her car.
– Then I saw how the car was filled with smoke. I screamed out loud.
Minutes later the car was in flames. The fire brigade came quickly, but the car couldn’t be saved.
– It is terrible. Maybe they will do the same thing to my next car, or to someone else’s. You shouldn’t destroy other people’s property like that. I have no quarrel with anyone.
Despite the incident Shayda Palani was back at work the next day.
– I couldn’t let my colleagues down. It’s so hard to find a substitute and other people should not get in trouble because of me.
The following Monday Kristianstadsbladet visited Näsby’s home care service, who cover Gamlegården, Näsby and Balsby. The manager Ingela Lovén says they feel a bit insecure.
– I’ve worked her for twelve years. The last five of them have grown worse and worse.
In what sense?
– There are gangs wandering among the cars, looking into them. We’ve seen them put out cigarettes on the cars. People who commit these crimes have no respect for things that are value for others.
The staff have gathered during lunchtime and tell us about bikes that are tampered with, that there are people who throw things at the windows of their office.
– When I go by bike I always take a longer route to avoid these gangs, says a member of the staff. When I work late, I always get my husband to pick me up.
– No-one dares to be left here alone. The pair who work late always go together, says Ingela Lovén.
But none of them want to give up their job. They like the work itself, and the atmosphere among the colleagues is good. But something has to be done, they say.
– If there has to be surveillance cameras put up or security officers patrolling, I don’t know. Here we are helping the old and the ill. We contribute to the local society. As a “thank you” some people set fire to one of our cars. Please, leave us alone, Ingela Lovén says.