Scrooges destroy festive light display on Warwick home
THE festive efforts of one Warwick family have been left in literal ruins after vandals destroyed their Christmas light display.
Jessica Pollard said all of the Christmas decorations sitting in her family's front yard were kicked in and destroyed, with lights torn from the house in a shocking act of vandalism.
"We took it all down because they had broken 90% of it," she said.
Nothing was immune to the attack, with two of Ms Pollard's most treasured Christmas characters bashed and beaten.
"They broke all the lights apart from one set, and even broke Santa and Rudolf," she said.
She said the effort that went into to turning her Lyons St home into a festival display was time the family would never get back.
"We put in six hours of work over three days," she said. "And it was destroyed at 1am Sunday morning."
The family was not inclined to redecorate the house, deflated after the vandals destroyed the display.
Warwick police senior constable Kirsty Moore said the local force would have no tolerance for destructive acts of such a nature.
"Perpetrators can be charged with stealing if they take anything from the property," she said.
"If they damage them it would be wilful damage.
"If they go into the yard, they face trespass charges."
She said each charge came with hefty penalties.
"They can go to court for their actions," she said.
"If we could catch them in the act, they would get charged."
Snr const Moore offered four tips for all home owners who wanted to safeguard their prized displays from the hands of vandals.
Keep lights and displays close to your home, not away from the house or on outer fence lines.
Use zip ties to secure displays.
Turn lights and displays off when you go to sleep.
Put out the more expensive items only while your display is lit up, and bring them in at the end of the night.