More security to protect jumpers
VANDALS tempted to swipe treasures from the decorative tree jumpers lining the streets are being warned they will be caught, with security and police stepping up patrols.
Two female teenagers, aged 16 and 17, were charged with wilful damage and stealing in the early hours of Saturday morning after being found in possession of face masks and other items from a display created by the Breast Cancer Coffee Club.
Warwick Art Gallery director Karina Devine said she had hired extra security this year, comprising two officers on foot patrols and one mobile unit to guard over the pieces.
She said designers were warned against using things such as masks, toys, bodies and heads but said hats were the number one item to be pinched from the pieces.
“These people aren't very smart – they're childish and they go for the ‘toys',” she said.
“It's really sad for the people whose work is targeted because these displays often represent a lot of things to those people,” she said.
Ms Devine said there was such strong community support for the tree embellishments that people were keeping a watchful eye during any visit near the CBD.
Warwick Police officer in charge Senior Sergeant Stewart Day said police were increasing their patrols while the jumpers were up.
“Police are doing extensive foot patrols in and around the CBD during Jumpers and Jazz to keep an eye on the displays,” he said.
Anyone with any information about the offence Saturday morning is urged to contact Warwick Police on 4660 4444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.