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Locking Down Mini Trees!

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Hey does anyone else chain there mini trees to keep them from being stolen? I do cuz there not tomato cages, there the powder coated trees from christmas led's.com so im into them about 50 bucks each with the lights.that can add up quick..just wondering if im crazy.

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Protecting your investment is not crazy, unless it interferes with the display.

Personally, I would be more concerned with vandalism then theft. If you can make it difficult to vandalize, you have made it difficult to steel.

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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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I use 12 inch plastic ground stakes that screw into the ground. I then feed thick metal cable through the holes in the ground anchors and lock them together. It seems to do the trick and gives me some peace of mind.

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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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I purchase steel cable by the role and make my own cables. I have lots of cables and lots of locks in my yard.

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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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