Until last year, we put our Nativity right down in the front of our fenced-in yard. The fence made us feel more secure, you understand. We found out just what lengths people will go to when we came home from a Christmas party about 11:00 one night, and there were two men standing in our yard just like they lived there. They were very calmly handing our Nativity set over the fence to a third man who was going to load them into his pickup truck. I don't know who was more surprised, them or us, but they did take off right quickly. The only figure they actually had in the truck was the baby Jesus. We didn't even wait till the next day. We dragged stable, figures, everything, right up next to the house. My husband was so mad he called the cops, and we got in the weekly crime report in our local paper.
Two weeks later, I looked out the window and saw a bag on the hood of my husband's car. I went out to see if UPS hadn't made it up the sidewalk again, and lo and behold there was our Jesus figure. We were glad to get it back. The Gazette did a story about the return of the figure, because they usually aren't recovered.
The long and short of it is, I guess I shouldn't have been so confident that the fence would stop determined theives. We won't put anything down by the fence any more, and we did buy two surveillance cameras. We'll see what happens this year. I'm certainly not going to stop displaying my things because of a few cranks.:happytree: