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I was thinking of taking out one or two of the screws that hold the board in and using the same size screw head but longer and coming out the back of the housing with a nut and washer. This way if a thief tried to steal my LOR it would snap the board and be useless to them if the board was snapped. They will be screwed in to concrete but I want to be on the safe side ..Tell me what you all think of this idea !!

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Wouldn't you be in the same position as if they had stolen it. You would have a worthless board: what am I missing?
Yes but that would not give them the thrill of ripping me off.And yes it would be a loss for me but they would not get the THRILL OF USING A LOR ! Like the rest of us do !!
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Most people who mess with Christmas displays are not theives but vandals. If you tie down your LOR boards like your suggesting and someone breaks it trying to steal it, then they have accomplished what they set out to do-vandalize your display and you have lost a controller. Who is the real loser then?

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I agree with the above posts. Most people who vandalize are just there to tear up your stuff and I would bet that they have no idea what they are destroying. I would seriously doubt they would even know what to do with the board if they took it home.

Vandals ****! :mad:

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Don't run the bolts through the board like the Op mentioned. Just through the box @ the top and bottom. Use a short enough cable or wrap the excess around the tree. Most of my controllers have enough trip hazzards around them that I don't notice the cable. If theft is a concern, securely mount the boxs or keep them inside if that is an option. As it has been mentioned, the biggest threat is vandalism and not theft (unless you have blowmolds).

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illinois: right now that is true but with all of the publicity animated displays are getting in the TV and news.. and people making it known they use LOR to do it..

somewhere somewhen vandals are going to find out this stuff costs money and has a relatively high resale value and is virtually untraceable

what stops any number of people from posting on ebay or in the for sale / wanted section of PC / and or the LOR forum "got LOR for christmas but its too complicated for me im selling it" and selling it in summer when theres only a few die hards on the boards....

im guilty of the same thing as everyone else.. I get a TV interview "yeah I use Light-o-rama control to run my display and hanmg out on a website called planetchristmas"...

I havent heard of many LOR thefts yet but unfoprtunately im going to guess it will happen in the future..

-Christopher

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illinois: right now that is true but with all of the publicity animated displays are getting in the TV and news.. and people making it known they use LOR to do it..

-Christopher

Yep, Controllers STOLEN IN ILLINOIS. I saw this display traveling down the street and it wasn't on so I went to talk to the owner, and was going to ask if I could see his show and he informed me 3 (I think) of his controllers where stolen. :mad:

So I was unable to see his show :mad: , and may I say it was amassing :mad: , even though it wasn't running. It looked like Holdmans light show. He even had the same sign, I had to ask him if he was related.

If anyone sees any LOR controllers on ebay that look stolen, you know with OUT software, sold as is, located in ILLINOIS, you know. Please contact me this way I can let him know.

If your the one who stole the controllers, you really ruined my day, even though its not my show its very upsetting. :mad: :mad: :mad:

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I can understand what lightsofIll. is talking about. It is simular to the laptop industry. I have owned several Toshiba laptops over the years. One of the reasons is that there is a bios password that if enabled, must be entered before the computer will perform a boot-up. Long before windows will load. So, if you steal a Toshiba laptop that has the bios boot-up password set and you steal it. It is worthless unless you can convince Toshiba repair center to unlock the bios password feature. But I am told that Toshiba will contact the real owner if the computer was registered with them at Toshiba.

So my point is this. My laptop is worthless to thieves. And so if we apply this to LightsofIll. concept of installing his controller in such a way that you will snap his controllers by man handling the box it is mounted in, trying to rip it off of what ever the box is mounted to. You are going to break the board, thus not worth the effort. Its call denial of assets to the enemy. Kind of something I picked up while in the military. I suppose you could say we are at war with vandals and thieves, while trying to provide some happiness to those of good heart.

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Make you box identifiable

I wrote WITH SHARPIE my name inside, Now I see what your saying outside, this way if you see a show you can peep at a box and if its one of you children get that kid napper.

I am still very upset for this guy.

I do disagree with the if its stolen break the board, DUMB IDEA, you hear a noise you run outside you see a thief running with your controller you jump threw the air and knock him over and your wife called the police the little thief goes to jail and now you got a broken controller might as well let them get away with it. :(

I think security chain or if you expect trouble, place the controller close to the house or in the garage and well more extension cords.

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I have already thought of a way to keep my boxes intact and in my possesion. My neighbor hood...emphasis oh the "HOOD" has alot of issues. As this is my first season with LOR i have planned to run the outlets through my basement wall and end up in a ventilated box, under my porch with a padlocked access door from the side of my porch. I agree though vandals are a bigger threat in any area, my spiral tree magically fell over and my light got unplugged every night for a week, until the neighbors dog caught them, lol. You have to realize though, vandals will steal, not because they want what you have, but to ruin your show, example...my timer ran away 2 times this year...what do they need a photocell timer for? ruining your controllers to make the thief/vandal from having a working LOR unit...not woth the money in my eyes...just good security and making sure they cannt walk away with it.

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