CAR VANDALS struck again overnight Wednesday, in Kensington and Overbrook.

Capt. Michael Cram, of the 26th Police District, said that paint was smeared and poured on four cars on Gaul Street near Sergeant, in Kensington, sometime late Wednesday. Two of the cars, Cram said, belonged to the same owner.

"It's definitely a copycat, somebody who has absolutely no respect for others," Cram said, adding that it's tough for cops to track down the vandals since no one saw them in the act.

In Overbrook, 24 vehicles on Lancaster Avenue near 63rd Street were damaged Thursday between 3 and 7 a.m., police said. Tires were slashed on 17 cars and the paint on seven others was stripped off by an acid-like substance. Sugar was poured into the gas tanks of some of the vehicles, said Capt. Melvin Singleton, of the 19th District.

The vandalism follows a series of highly publicized damage sprees in the Northeast during which scores of tires were flattened and paint jobs ruined. Cops estimate that more than 100 vehicles have been damaged throughout the city.

Police spokesman Lt. Ray Evers said that they've added patrols and assigned plainclothes officers to the areas hardest hit, but he encouraged neighbors to act as eyes and ears.

Tipsters should call the police tip line at 215-686-8477.