Decorations targeted by thieves

HEARTLESS thieves and vandals have targeted Christmas decorations in a Dubbo street renowned for its spectacular light displays.

St Andrews Drive residents Brendon and Michelle Howarth were disappointed when their house became a target on two consecutive nights last week.

Two sets of lights were ripped out of the ground and intruders tried to steal netting lights. A solar panel used to power lights was damaged in the process.

"They also pulled one of our candy cane lights out of the ground and left it broken on the ground," Mrs Howarth said.

"These lights are not cheap. We do our best to make the house look festive so there's something nice for the kids, and it's heartbreaking that people can do this.

"Christmas is meant to be about giving and sharing. It did put a dampener on things."

Mrs Howarth said there were other signs to indicate theirs was not the only house vandalized.

"On Tuesday night a Santa Claus light had been stolen from somewhere, had its head ripped off and was left out the front," she said.

Recently, a nearby resident had also spotted a car stopping along the road, someone getting out and grabbing decorations, she said.

The incidents were reported to police.

Meanwhile, the Howarths have stepped up security in the wake of the incidents.

"We spent $50 on things to better secure the lights to stop them getting stolen," Mr Howarth said.

"We considered taking them down but then thought, why should we? This is important to the kids.

"I just think people should have more respect for other people's property."

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