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Lucky for us, so far we haven't had a out of control person(s) in our haunt's but for the occasional knuckle head, we gave them a little extra squirt from the outhouse prop last year located near the end. This year we're not doing a complete walk behind with a camera like we usually do, instead I'm putting stationary camera's up to catch the action in the hot spots. We usually break the group up if we suspect they might be trouble and we make sure they see the rules sign.
 
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I have all my help on headsets, everyone knows what's going on every step of the way.
I do a walk through, so, in the event we have an unruly guest, I flip the lights on switch. This switch is wired to the in house work lights that I install every year.
At that time, we escort our guest out and the whole crowd out front knows it. :)
 

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I like the idea of exposing the 'class clown' for all to see, I'll definitely incorporate that for this year if I get any unruly guest's, I'm sure it will discourage others. Thanks that's a good one!
 

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Ohhh I really like the headsets idea!!!!!! my gosh, that's an amazing idea. hahaha. Where can I can cheap walky talkies with headsets?

Hmmmm i'm thinking a Wal-mart visit is in order!!! haha.

FE:What type of headsets do you use?
 

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To further the embarrassment, a P.A. system should announce to the crowd that an unruly guest is being escorted out a few seconds before he is marched out covered in molasses and feathers. Hot Tar is inhumane.
The personal two way radios work well and have come down drastically in price, don't remember exactly how much the last time I bought them, like $20 each. You don't need the long range radios which are more expensive.
 

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Fortunately we haven't had an incident in the last 5 years we've been doing outdoor haunts. Considering our decorations and life size figures are set up the entire month, we consider ourselves lucky. During daytime hours, we use a wireless color camera that works great to keep an eye on things and also enjoy watching the adults and kids marvel at our haunt. But this year we'll be adding two wireless infrared cameras to keep an eye out during the night. We did get an idea for another tombstone we'll be making that will read something like:

The last Person Who
Vandalized Our Decor
Rests Here
 

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I like the P.A. Idea almost as much as the molasses and feathers BudMan, LOL.

I have 4 night vision, 3 color and 2 b/w high res ccd cams for this year, I been a busy boy, but the tombstone idea is another great idea, thanks Richie.
 

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Sickie,

I usually purchase my wireless speakers and cameras from Heartland America. Over the past few years purchasing from them, I haven't been disappointed with their products. Even the 2.4Ghz wireless speaker system, which was a factory refurbished unit and pretty large, worked very well and looked brand new to me. The wireless night camera I'm going to get can be viewed here:

http://www.heartlandamerica.com/bro...3565-5DB7-4719-ABA4-8509589F2744&BC=S&DL=SEH1

It may be possible to find one for less money, but I'd rather purchase from this company than from someone on Ebay.
 

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I spent about $89 a peice for the color cams that auto switch to night vision at dusk, the b/w I got lucky on, my neighbor owned a gas station and had 6 professional security cams, I bought them all for $20 a peice. The bigger money was the 8 channel video switcher and DVR card for my computer were about $130 each.
 

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I still have to look into the video thing, I'm on a pretty busy corner and have gotten a little vandalism here and there for no reason other than the local Hitler Youth being bored, Imagine when I get my stuff out. Last year I set up on Halloween or the day before.

When I was bartending, I found that using the crowd to your benefit was a good way to deal with people. There were actually times that I either announced that the bar would be closing due to so and so being an ass and the crowd would basically shame and ridicule the offending party right out of the place or I would tell the largest patron that alcohol would no longer be served unless this guy was escorted out to which my problem was quickly taken care of! The place was pretty big and had no bouncer on the nites that I worked (by myself). I wouldn't suggest using anyone as a bouncer in your haunt, but the embarrassment thing usually does the trick, just be wary of retaliation later.
 

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I admit that a few items are always brought in at night. As someone mentioned before, some of the homemade props just can't be replaced if stolen or destroyed. I'd rather be safe than sorry so there is a bit of up-keep during the month.
 

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luckily we haven't had anything messed with or stolen while doing our haunt the past 2 years.
i'm hoping to get some fake cameras from FE to help detour people from messing with our stuff.
until then i'll just keep my fingers crossed!
:).
also,
we too had a grave stone that said "2004 prop vandal"
i'm hoping to make a new one for next season saying "prop vandal - he took our stuff, he had no class. so we went medieval on his a--!"
:D.
 

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Sickie. I've got some motion cams some place on my site.
Red light comes on when motion is sensed and they turn from side to side.
I like your cameras FE. But here's what I'm cautious about:

"...Sensor range: 9.5 ft. with 47 second reset, Indoor use only, ..."

Since my display will be outside this year, most everything will be out of 9.5 feet range and ...well...outside. :-/
 
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