Heartless: A family has been left devastated as santa lights in their garden on Swanport Road, Murray Bridge, were destroyed by vandals.CHRISTMAS light displays across the Murraylands are being vandalised and stolen.
There have been several reports of damage and theft to decorations across the region, leaving home owners confused and upset.
A Karoonda couple, who moved to the area this year, decided to put lights up for the first time and get into the Christmas spirit.
But Sonja Marchant said she would probably not put them up again after wires were cut and the solar lights stolen last week.
“It was pretty devastating, I didn’t actually believe that it would happen to be honest,” she said.
“It’s disappointing especially when you don’t do it for yourself, you do it for the community.”
Murray Bridge resident Mandy Argent and her children were beyond disappointed after their Christmas display was destroyed by heartless vandals.
“We woke up Sunday morning to find our light-up santas had been all kicked over and smashed,” she said.
“Our children couldn’t understand why someone had broken them.
“It made us as a family furious that someone would commit such a senseless act, though it won’t dampen our spirit and will continue to have the display.”
Local police said they had received a number of reports about Christmas light theft and damage.
Police have provided the followingtips to helpreduce the chance of theft or damage to your display:
Weave cords and lights through fences or bushes where possible.Use zip ties to secure lights, displays and inflatables where possible.Keep expensive decorations and displays near your house, as far as possible from the street and within easy sight from inside.Set timers for your display.Speak with your neighbours, and have them keep an eye on your display.Take photos of your display. As they say, a picture tells a thousand words. This will help Police identify stolen items more easily.If you witness suspicious behaviour or vehicles, phone the Police Assistance Line on 131 444.
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