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Hello... we're thinking about doing some airblown inflatables this year for the first time and we're curious about theft. Is there a big problem with people stealing them from your yard. Is there any special precautions we can take to secure them. Do they come with special attachments to keep them safer? Thank you.

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Hello... we're thinking about doing some airblown inflatables this year for the first time and we're curious about theft. Is there a big problem with people stealing them from your yard. Is there any special precautions we can take to secure them. Do they come with special attachments to keep them safer? Thank you.

Hey Theresa,

To start with, welcome to PC..

And to your question, the only thing the airblowns come with are stakes and teathers so they don't blow away. I've never had an issue with theft or vandalism for that matter on my inflatables. Only precautions I take are a fenced in yard, dogs, and a porch light that activates when you walk by and I unplug and have them laying down during the night.

In my area I don't think inflatables are a big target since they've been around for awhile. I remember when they first came out, they where always targets. More people will have there tips, but knock on wood nothing never happens to mine.

Good luck,

Richard

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I don't think they are big targets for theft.

Vandalism is another thing: To a would be vandal, and inflatable is an ideal target. It's big, and can be quickly destroyed with anything sharp that happens to be handy.

To help prevent vandals I keep mine closer to the house than other display items, deflate them at the end of the show, and use security lighting overnight. Vandals hate light :D

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If you are worried about theft, mount the inflatable on a large object such as a wooden pallet. It keeps your motor and plugs off the ground (assisting in GFCI issues) and it makes it difficult to pick up even when it is deflated. Simply bolt the stand to the pallet and walk away from it.

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I have done inflatables for 9 years now and have not had one stolen so just tiy it down and you will be ok :)

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Welcome to the board. Overall I will say I have had very few issues, however there are a few of us that spend way too much money on this stuff. I personally chain down 95% of the inflatables I put up, I started that after someone tried to steak frosty years ago. I agree that vandalism is the #1 concern and i too have them timed to go off between 8 and 9 at night once traffic dies down.

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I've been around here since before inflatable came out...I have heard very few stories of theft but many have been vandalized. I am lucky that I have never had any problems and live in an area where precautions are not needed.

I would keep them closer to the house and mount them on pallets. They can be had for free and with a coat of black paint you will never know they are there. It also serves to secure your inflatable better.

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i have never had theft or vandalism here in eastern pa. I have 1.499 (1.5) acres of land some of my inflates i cant see when the display is going and i have a peppermint lane about 10 feet from the road, nothing has ever been vandalized or stolen. I just use the normal tethers with them and they do deflate at 11pm with everything else in my display.

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I don't have any inflatables, but I have had minor vandalism (reindeer on reindeer action posing). This year I ordered a couple of motion sensors which I plan to use as triggers to turn on some of the lights for a few minutes during non-show times to scare away any would be vandals.

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If percautions are needed usually just depends on you and your neighborhood. If your house is on a busy street, you are probably safer than a quiet neighborhood.

In my previous neighborhood, I was in a competition of sorts with a neighbor with our displays, so we both had large, attention-grabbing displays. One night, his snowglobe inflatable got ripped from the ground and thrown across the yard, one of his wire-frames was ripped up and thrown, and another inflatable got knifed. This was a very safe neighborhood and it was the last place anyone thought would happen. Luckily, my neighbor was able to repair all of his items that got vandalized, but small precautions were taken by both of us **** as adding security lighting when the display goes dark.

Having inflatables deflated at night is a good point. Other than that, just add security lighting and if you are concerned and have a small enough display, bring the inflatables in. If I hear lots of people I don't know outside late at night, I will bring some of the more expensive display items inside.

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Yes, lighting is one of the best things also, after the display goes off i turn on flood lights. And i even bring some of my inflatables inside also.

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Guest Theresa Gilmore

We love the light sensors idea! We're def going to do that... this year we're putting a lot of time and money into our display, and we'd hate to see it destroyed by someone mean. It's a shame that we have to worry about that but I've learned the hard way that there are some real cold hateful people out there... I could never do that to anyone... I'm just too nice and pure hearted! Anyway, thanks for all the great ideas!

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IMVHO:

I am not a fan of motion sensing lights when it comes to display security (or really for any outdoor security in general). My opinion is that you want to stop the vandal's thought process as early as possible.

Let's look at it both ways. A would be vandal and his/her friends turn down your street at 2AM. They may or may not have yet made the conscious decision to destroy something.

A: Dark yard with motion lights:

At this point the vandal has assessed his/her chances, and it looks good. The yard is dark and the decision is made. Even if the lights come on before they get to something to destroy it, they are already on your property and within striking distance.

B: Full time overnight security lights:

The vandal assesses his/her chances, and they don't look good. The whole place is lit up, and darkness will not obscure him. Could someone be up at this time of night? The risk to the vandal is now very high, and his/her likely choice is to move on somewhere else.

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Compact Florescent lights are VERY cheap to run overnight. Even if you pay $.15/kWh, two 90w output CFLs will only draw about 35w and for an entire season cost you around $2 in electricity. (10 hours per day * 40 days = 400 hours * 35w = 14,000 watt hours = 14 kWh * $0.15 = $2.10).

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There are real thefts, real punks and real thougs out to be mean and distroy everything we work hard for in our display. The drive way motoin detectors work good from Radio Shack I think around 60 dollars.

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Welcome to PC.

In selling inflatables you get calls like someone stole my inflatable or someone did this to my inflatable. Like others said, it really depends on your area. There once was a member here on the forum who had a lot of theft and vadalism of her inflatables. She had a big display and would buy expensive exclusives etc from ebay, put them out and the next night they were gone. And she lived in a pretty good area. It turned out where the local police dept. parked a patrol car outside her house for the season... and thats when the stealing stopped. Not such a sensible precautionary measure for most of us, but it worked. ;)

Are inflatables stolen at times, Yes, especially those that are hard to find or hard to come by. But I would also agree that Vandalism is more of an issue now days. With the reduce in demand for inflatables, there's just not that much buzz about them, so its not so urgent to run out and go steal the must have designs like it was in years past.

Most of the calls we received in the past years regarding this issue revolved around vandals. Unfortunately you can get a pack of 6 plastic box cutters in a 99 cents store or at your local walmart or wherever... and drive around with a couple of friends and have a night full of laughs cutting up inflatables or re-posing them. I dont know if there is a real way to prevent that... but it does not happen often enough to for me to say it is a huge industry issue.

Maybe a small sign on the lawn stating that the display is being recorded by video cameras may deter most. But in reality it is not something I would really worry about.

Tim

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I bought the 2 of the LOR PIR motion detectors for $11.95 each which according to their info sheets can be powered from the CTB16D or CTB08D to trigger a certain show (mine will be turning on a lot of my lights for a few minutes). I just received my order from LOR today, so I haven't had a chance to check it out, but it seems to be a good way to go if you're using LOR to control your display.

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We love the light sensors idea! We're def going to do that... this year we're putting a lot of time and money into our display, and we'd hate to see it destroyed by someone mean. It's a shame that we have to worry about that but I've learned the hard way that there are some real cold hateful people out there... I could never do that to anyone... I'm just too nice and pure hearted! Anyway, thanks for all the great ideas!

Vandalism flat out stinks. One year we had 3 adults(later to find out they where my brothers friends.)come in my yard rip up candy canes, punch and knock over molds. Yeah not to bad..but still.

Now I've read keep your inflatables inflated 24/7, I personally would not. That following year we got the famous paintballs..all my inflatables were deflated for the night but 1 and that one is up 24/7 because its a carousel. Luckily they had horrible aim.

My point is if there inflated all night then they're easier to hit with bbs, paint balls, knives..that kind of stuff.

Good luck,

Richard

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Guest Theresa Gilmore

Thank you for your help! We will be leaving the security lights on all night. We're putting a lot into it so it only makes sense to protect it as much as possible. Thanks again!

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