Holiday Vandalism

By: Rebekah Baum
By: Rebekah Baum

Kevin Ahlgren revels in the Halloween holiday spirit, devoting time and dedication to making the outside of his home look hauntingly delightful. But Monday morning, he awoke to find that some vandals had been messing with.

"I came out this morning and they slashed the airblowns I had out in the yard--the Halloween decorations--the scarecrow, the ghosts, my spider," says Ahlgren.

Ahlgren spent Monday morning sewing and taping up the gashes inflicted by the vandals.

"It's frustrating, my grand-daughter helped me put the up. It's kind of devastating to her because those are our decorations, and it's a pretty well-lit area, so I don't know why," says Ahlgren.

Ahlgren's neighbor says he saw 2 young kids running from Alghren's driveway around 11 p.m. Sunday.

"With the holiday vandalism, just through experiences, it tended to be younger kids and kids living closer to the vandalism as opposed to farther from it," says Winnebago County Sheriff Richard Meyers.

Sheriff Meyers says vandalism tends to increase around the holidays and suggests that we keep the area around our home well-lit and keep the decorations as close to our homes as possible. Sheriff Meyers says we should always file a police report.

"It gives us an idea of where it's occurring. It makes it easier to do something about it. We'll increase patrols in the area and see if we can't keep others from occurring in the first place and secondly, try and resolve the ones that did occur by finding out who's responsible," says Sheriff Meyers.


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