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I tie ours together with a plastic coated cable. Since the mini-trees are about 18" from the edge of the sidewalk and the cable between them is about 2" off the grass; if someone runs through the yard they're likely to trip over the cable and land face first on sidewalk. I'll be happy to supply a band-aid while they explain why they were messing with our display.

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I'm a big fan of lots of rebar. I've got my LLAs ending at mini tree and the controller hidden inside the tree. So 2 pieces of rebar for the two arches, 1 wood stake for the controller and two pieces of rebar on each mini tree that has a controller inside of it. For the rest of the trees without a controller 1 piece of rebar works great. I buy the thin rebar in 8 ft lengths and cut them down to 1.5 ft lengths and pound in half and use two or three zip ties on the piece sticking up. I know this may seem a bit excessive but I had strong winds at my previous house and extra support was needed.

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I have crab-pot mini trees that are worth a decent amount of $$ too. I just staked them into the ground several times and now hoping the ground freezes. I also keep the yard flood lights on at night so any vandal would have to be doing his business in the spotlight.

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I have 14 - 2 1/5 foot tall artificial Christmas trees, that I've put leds on. They have a 3-5 inch metal trunk that I stick in the ground - done. I should note that the trees cost me $1 each at a yard sale and the lights about $4 each from an estate auction.

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Since cable is relatively cheap I run a cable through my entire display: mini trees, wire frames, controllers, blow molds, tune to signs, etc. Most theives won't come with cable cutters so if someone wants to grab and go he better have a big truck because he is either taking my entire display or nothing.

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It is sad that we have to come ot locking up our stuff, but I guess those are the things we have to deal with. I just read a post about some kids shooting BB guns at a guy's inflatables over the weekend. Luckily they were bad shots, but still yet another threat to our displays. The worst I've had so far is someone re-positioning my lighted deer so they were humping in the middle of my display...

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