Vandals Target Christmas Decorations - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/22/03

Vandals Target Christmas Decorations

The Nichols family of South Lubbock takes pride in their holiday traditions, including their outdoor Christmas decorations that have a lot of sentimental value. About a week ago, vandals attempted to destroy the display. Adrienne Nichols explains, "What they had done was tore up the Christmas tree, thrown it out into the street with all the spotlights and taken the lights down off the house and cut them with a knife and strew them all over the front yard."

Adrienne's mom discovered the mess when she went outside early one morning to get the newspaper and , for her, it was a disturbing sight. Adrienne says, "She came back and she was so upset, this is kind of a private thing. We do this to make the neighbors happy and people drive by here all the time looking at our Christmas decorations." That's why the Nichols family can't understand why anyone would destroy the display they work so hard to put up each year. "The Santa over there... I made that with a teacher I worked with at Monterey years ago, and the tree I made that and my kids at school helped paint it. So, everything in the yard has a meaning to it," says Adrienne.

To top it all off, the vandalism happened the day before Adrienne's special education students from Lubbock High came to her house for their annual Christmas party. But, Adrienne is one teacher who wouldn't let a Christmas scrooge ruin the celebration for her kids. She say, "I'll tell you something, we got busy. My daughter climbed the ladder and we got new lights up and she worked as hard as I did."

Vandalism is a crime that could lead to jail time, but unfortunately, it is hard to prevent. However, police say there are a few things you can do.

  • Install outdoor lights with motion sensors, so they will turn on if someone enters your yard.
  • If a decoration is of particular sentimental value to you and your family, take the time to put it inside before you go to bed at night.
  • Turn your decorative lights off at night before you go to bed, or put them on a timer, that way vandals or thieves might not know they're there.
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