Two people have smashed a car's windows before pouring petrol inside it and setting it on fire.
Police are appealing for witnesses to the arson attack, which happened in Butterys, Southchurch, between 12.10am and 12.20am on August 29.
Police would like to hear from anyone who saw any suspicious behaviour before, during and after the incident.
Officers would also like to hear from anyone who has CCTV and dash cam footage.
Call Southend station police station on 101 quoting crime reference 42/124889/18 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.