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    Wow! Amazing Haunts! Looking at all these is giving me a lot of motivation to get working.
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  3. #182
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    Great displays, but i have a question... how do you keep your props and displays safe?
    we had over $1200 worth of items stolen on the morning of Halloween, $800 of which was recovered in the following days.

    (pic shows one of the 2 hits in the early hours, helping themselves)

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    twizti1 sorry to hear of your lost of props that is never a great time. I have signs at the street stating the yard is under 24 hour video watch and keep some lights on all night also people in my neighborhood all love and look out for my stuff that also helps. Anyone going down the street can see the cameras. In the past 17 years I only have people steal stuff once and that was why I went with the cameras and sign route. I never did find any of my stuff that was taken.
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    Sorry to hear about that twitid1
    this year will be my 19th year doing a haunt, last 15 ish is where it started to get bigger.
    I live in a fairly safe neighborhood , but even then, there's no such thing as safe area, these lowlifes will steal
    no matter where you live..
    myself, most of my display id build heavy and would be complicated to take away. they could steal my expensive tombstones or lights.
    lucky in a way that right on the corner of my lawn is a city light, I hate it because it takes away some of the spookiness , but like is because it brings a certain safety.
    I have a dog now, super sweet dog and never barks, or rarely anyways LOL except if he sees or hears something outside, even the slightest sound, he'll bark. so if he barks in the middle of the night, something is wrong..
    as I was saying, never had anything damaged or stolen, then again, I never leave props outside, non of the nice expensive ones or lesser valued ones.. when I do set them up on the nice days, I take them all back inside before bed, just can't trust it ..
    funny that all the car theft and mischief in the neighborhood stopped after a certain family moved away !!! interesting coincidence that was ?? LOL
    another fun way to help protect them, get the personal body alarms, they are cheap and all you need to do is hide it in the props then use a fishing line well anchored in the ground, that way when the thief tries to remove the prop, the safety tab is removed and the alarm goes off.. It' s loud, even more so in the middle of the night :-D that and a few bright lights hidden near by with motion detectors is enough to scare them away.. just a few trick, many more out there.
    hope it never happens to you again, or anyone.

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    twiztid1, that is awful that someone did that.. Having my things stolen was a huge concern of mine as well.. A few years back, I decided to build a 4 foot cemetery fence.. I spent a few days here and there over the summer and am so glad that I did it.. It is anchored with 3 foot rebar on each side so there is no way of getting through it.. For 72 feet of fencing I probably only spent $300.00 in supplies and $100.00 of it was just for the finials.. Well worth it for the piece of mind. This picture is when I started putting up the fence and it is completely enclosed.fence 1.jpg

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    A few of last Halloween

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    Robin19871 - Love your Fence. Where did you find the finials? Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twiztid1 View Post
    Great displays, but i have a question... how do you keep your props and displays safe?
    we had over $1200 worth of items stolen on the morning of Halloween, $800 of which was recovered in the following days.

    (pic shows one of the 2 hits in the early hours, helping themselves)

    halloween 3.jpg
    I haven't had any problems yet; but I typically only have my display up for 1-2 days before Halloween and then immediately take it down after. Do a web search for "doberman alarms". They sell them at Lowes and Home Depot. It's a small magnetic alarm that sets off a screeching sound should someone try to move or take your items. I've been installing these on some of my smaller/lighter props.

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    So this isn't actually my yard, in fact it's on our usual site at the campground we go to just about every year for their Halloween weekend. Sadly I can't put up too many decorations at my house because we live out in the country and the wind is horrible to our stuff. I put out a few of my larger skeletons but that's it.

    But yeah site took me about 2 and half days to get set up, only to tear it down the next day lol. I tell you what though it was our best year yet, we had people coming to our site all night long. Like seriously I could hear people laughing at 3 in the morning it was crazy.

    A lot of the stuff was interactive, whether it be the dogs barking at you or the jumping spider and reaper. Oh yeah the spider got a ton of people it was great!

    The sad part is that after thirteen years of going to this particular park I probably won't be going back this coming season. I spent all that time and had literally 70% of the campground coming and telling me how good it was, only to lose in the decorating contest to someone who barely had anything up(a couple spiders, cobweb, and 2 inflatables). They claimed it was because they had a "live murder reenactment", which was literally just her two kids pretending to stab each other for about 15 minutes and that was it. Kicker is I even posted about it on the facebook page, said maybe they should've changed the name from "decorating contest" to "acting contest." So instead of saying I'm so sorry you feel that way or something to that effect, they just deleted my comment like immature little babies.

    Whatever, their loss. Think I'm going to try a different campground a little farther away next time.

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    Here’s our Spider Lair attempt. Sorry to hear about the thieves. We decorate our porch early but no yard displays until the day of Halloween. We are new to decorating but these pieces cost money and in some instances take a lot of time to prepare. I have been told by our neighbors that they like the pop up Halloween.

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