I've been reading alot from fellow yard haunters who are experiencing theft and vandalism lately, and as such in this day and age its not very surprising.
What I'm reading is that many of you are delaying setting up in fear, I've setup late in late oct. before and it was a huge pain within the scope of only a couple days.
Personally I REFUSE to let a few vagrants ruin the work I spend 6 months preparing for and I will be setup for the entire halloween season!!
I, as likely many of you were once a stupid kid with little regard to property of others, so I'm looking at security of my haunt much like I would if I was the thief or vandal myself, always thinking "how quick could I make off w/ that?
This is one of 3 layers
of yard security I'm trying this year, so here's a quick how to on arming your props for a little over a dollar ea. and making it to where if a thief wants your piece, he/she will have to earn it.
What I'm using is a dollar tree door/window alarm. You could use a personal alarm keychain, whatever. The important part is to place the alarm IN the prop so if they want it, they have to put up with the ear splitting sound going with it.
Any mischief makers will likely drop it on the spot and run like hell!
Heres the parts:
- Dollar store window/door alarm (this brand is called "Intrud Alert")
- Galvanized wire
- Couple rubber bands
- Spider Wire or similar high tensile string
Black paint - heat source [lighter] (Not pictured)
1st. step would be to paint the unit to match or hide in your prop, I'm skipping the step for clarity.
Heat up the end of galv wire to push thru the styrene housing to form a way to attach the unit to the prop. If you trust the double sided adhesive strip on the unit you can skip this step.
Form the wire around the bottom and secure. This prevents anyone from removing the batteries.
Add the magnet back in place and loosely secure with a couple rubber bands.
Attach the spider wire to a mounting tab. The other end will be tied off to any other secured object, eg; your fence, a shrub, tree, or a hidden stake secured in the ground.
When the magnet is pulled from the housing the alarm triggers and travels with the prop.
An added bonus is that if the unit is lightly or temporarily separated, the rubber bands pull the magnet back into place. only an intentional removal of your prop will set it off.