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I woke up this morning to find that last night I had my first run-in with Christmas vandals, they stole two wire frame reindeer and a lighted Happy Holidays sign and smashed a solar driveway light in the middle of the driveway.

Called the police and the officer who arrived said he had a suspect that he had arrested a couple of days ago for the same exact thing. Unfortunately, I don't expect any results. I told the officer what I suspected happended that a car pulled up to the end of the driveway, somebody jumped out, ran about 50 feet up my driveway and grabbed everything and dragged it back to the car. Officer asked how I came up with that and I showed him the trail of mini lights, light clips and stakes from where the deer were to the end of my driveway near the street, it was fairly obvious to me what happended?.

As bad a losing the items from our display (about $300 total theft and damage) is, the really discouraging part is being warned by the officer that if the perps had gotten hurt on my property they could have sued me......what a country! The officer also had to bother all of the neightbors to see if anyone heard or saw anything (fortunately they all enjoy the display).

Most of the remainder of the display came down today, about a week early.....looks like I will be investing in video cameras for next year! Anybody have any recommendations on systems or where to buy them?

Also, is there a way to electrify wire frames, similar to an electric fence? Sounds drastic, but that is how upset I am.:mad: I would post a warning sign to prevent honest people from getting zapped.

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Shooting was definitiely my first thought :eek:, but I try to abide by the three rules of PC in real life also not just on the website! But my paintball gun might do the trick, just inflict a little pain at close range and should scare the heck out of them.

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Also, is there a way to electrify wire frames, similar to an electric fence?

THAT , is a GOOD way to get YOURSELF landed in the pokie !

Best thing is get yourself some vid cams , ( DVR ) and make a few LITTLE signs letting folks know your taping ....

( isn't it nice to know , the perps have MORE rights than the victims )

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I'm still stuck on... "if the vandals get hurt while vandalizing your property they can sue you" Connecticut is weird, in Georgia if the vandals get hurt they leave a blood trail for the hounds to follow. :D

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Get some

IR outdoor cameras with a DVR unit (It comes as a Package) (I got mine from Sam's Club for $650)

Then get a cheap flood light with motion sensor for each camera. (Becarfule not to over light)

Here is what I did: (The camera system, Lights, and UPS cost me about $900)

1: Four outdoor IR cameras with a DVR System $650

4: cheap flood lights with motion sensors $25 each

1: UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) To power DVR, Cameras, and Lights $120

I want to add a basic Closed loop security system (I think it would only cost $70)

(a latching relay, some switches, connectors, power supply, Alarm speaker, voltage comparator, and some missilaneous parts)

Then I was thinking of imbed two RFID tags into each LOR so I could track them down if needed. ($200)

One RFID tag would be Read-Only and imbeded into a IC chip (camouflage) then soldered onto the LOR board

The other RFID tag would be Read/Write and would be epoxied onto the LOR board

It would only cost $7 per LOR and $150 for the Readers/writer


Read Only Tag http://www.trossenrobotics.com/store/p/3617-Small-Glass-Ampoule-Tag.aspx

Read/Write Tag http://www.trossenrobotics.com/store/p/5321-18mm-Button.aspx

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Oh, also: Just my 2 cents

I did not post any signs that there were video cameras, and I sort-of hidden the cameras too.

If they are going to vandallize/still they are going to do it anyways. The differance is if they are going to were a mask or not.

I want to be able to see there faces for good positive ID.

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