Apparently this family, not satisfied with driving by my haunt (which it is a static haunt and built to be viewed from street or car) wanted to get up close and personal. They parked and simply went exploring.
The thing I do not understand is why? Once you walk into the yard, past the gravestones, the illusion is shattered! You are literally staring into the brightest LED lights you will ever see which almost blind you. You can see the heavy rebar holding up the tombstones. You can see the rope that holds down the zombies. You can see the wire that allows the skeletons to climb and claw.
Somehow they felt the need to "enter the exhibit" and run amok. After their 15 minute raid, the total damage was one tripped power cord that ripped up 5 stake lights and had to be reset. 3 tombstones knocked over. One toppled skeleton that had to be put back. One skeleton that had it's right arm torn out of socket. Last but not least, a brand new green LED spotlight that had been stepped on, crushing the weatherproof casing and breaking the stake. I had to get a new one sent out...
With the footage, you cannot see the plate on the van. The police told me without "No Trespassing" signs, there was nothing that they could do. They went on to tell me I was lucky they did not try to sue me and I should post something about tripping hazards.
So that is where I am now. 6 new signs around the perimeter of the haunt... which really annoys me to have to use. I already have 3 "24 hour video surveillance" up around the property and now these!
I plan on getting a real brick and iron fence put up as soon as we can find somebody local to do it. I have searched high and low and cannot find ANYBODY that can do it....but that is a priority for 2017!
To top it all off, we were attacked by wind Saturday and Sunday. I spent the majority of both days repairing wind torn props and toppled decorations. The only thing the wind is good for is the wind ghosts!