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How to protect your Christmas decorations from thieves

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'Tis the season to get out the Christmas box and decorate the house, but while many are thinking Merry Christmas, those on Santa’s naughty list are saying, “Bah, Humbug!”

Our holiday decorations are on criminals' wish lists. Thieves who desire your expensive and attractive lawn decorations might decide to take them when you least expect it.

Protecting your favorite decorations from the Grinch means thinking ahead. Here are a few cost-effective protection methods, as well as some more expensive options to ensure your decorations are doing their job – bringing Christmas cheer to people who see them.

  1. Buy heavy, bulky lawn decorations such as life-sized statues. Larger decorations are more trouble to steal and move quickly, which reduces the chance of theft.
  2. Pound a rebar or metal stake into the ground directly behind your lawn decoration using a rubber mallet. Attach the decoration to the stake using sturdy rope or chain, preferably through holes or openings in the back of the decoration to hide them from view. This makes it more difficult for a thief to quickly snatch the lawn decoration.
  3. Dig a shallow hole with a shovel. Stir fast-set concrete with water in a wheelbarrow, per package instructions, and scoop it into the hole with a trowel. Use the trowel to level the concrete, then set the lawn decoration on top. Cover the foundation with mulch to hide it from view.
  4. Lay a large, heavy piece of wood on the ground. Set the lawn decoration on top of the wood, and secure it to the wood with wood bolts using a socket wrench or power driver. This method is best used with decorations that have built-in mounting holes on the base. If yours doesn't have holes, you might be able to drill holes with a masonry drill -- it depends on how your decoration is configured.
  5. Install motion-activated security lights on the outside of your home facing your lawn decorations. When a person walks into your yard after dark, the lights automatically turn on. Thieves prefer the cover of darkness and are less likely to steal your decorations when in the spotlight.
  6. Install a fence around your yard. This could be a wooden privacy fence, a picket fence or a wrought iron fence. Choose the right fence for your needs; wooden privacy fences don't showcase your lawn decorations for others, while wrought iron fences blend in better with your landscaping.
  7. Install small GPS tracking devices on your lawn decorations in inconspicuous places, such as inside hollow decorations or along the base. These can be pricey to purchase and to pay for the monthly tracking service, but they allow you to locate your decorations if they're stolen.

If you’re also worried about your Christmas lights being stolen, use locking cords or zip ties.

You can also turn the Christmas lights off when you go to bed. They’ll draw less attention that way. 

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