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Are Solar Lamps high theft targets?

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#1 of 7 OFFLINE   DeathStar1



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Posted August 18 2004 - 09:09 AM

Dunnow how many of you have scene these things. But they are small lamps that light up blue, green, or white and hang from a small stick you put in the ground. They are apparently solar powered, but I saw one taken apart on our porch the other day with batteries missing, so who knows. but has anyone else here who have these things on their lawn had any of them stolen? Like I said, one was found on our porch taken apart, and I figured the people renting the house next door took it in because it wasn't lit. Only to find out that they called my mother and noticed that three where missing from our house the next day. Sure enough, three from our side of the house are gone. These things make the house look nice and add an extra ambience to the place, but it's not worth getting new ones if they are high theft targets. Anyone else had this problem?

#2 of 7 OFFLINE   James Gillespie

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Posted August 18 2004 - 10:01 AM

On a similar topic, I have the low voltage lights out front of my house and on Saturday, they were the targets of vandals. They took out 6 of them. Then came back a few nights later taking out more of them. Needless to say, I no longer have low voltage lights outside now. Posted Image What's happening to the youth today, no respect.

Back on topic, if three are missing already, I wouldn't be replacing them.

#3 of 7 OFFLINE   DougWright


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Posted August 18 2004 - 01:16 PM

Ya, it just doesn't pay to try and have pride in your yard anymore. When I was young we would never have done any of this. I can understand stealing a loaf of bread if you are hungry but vandalizing or stealing something you just don't need make no sense to me. This year a big thing being stolen around these parts are those mosquito magnets and high-end plants, it is just plain weird.
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#4 of 7 OFFLINE   RomanSohor


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Posted August 18 2004 - 04:27 PM

We have a little solar powered light up Frog on our front porch, and it hasn't disappeared yet. Thanks for the tip on the mosquito magnet... I haven't gotten mine out yet, but maybe I will put a little pad of concrete with an eye on it and use a chain and padlock to secure the thing....
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#5 of 7 OFFLINE   DarrenHo


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Posted August 20 2004 - 03:07 PM

yep. had 6 of them stolen from my front yard. if i get a hold of those kids.......

#6 of 7 OFFLINE   Jay Taylor

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Posted August 21 2004 - 04:07 AM

Living in Oklahoma I’ve had solar powered lights destroyed during hailstorms but not stolen.
The solar cell in solar powered lights charge the Ni-Cad rechargeable batteries during the day and when it gets dark the batteries provide power for the light. This reminds me of an April Fools joke in Popular Electronics Magazine many years ago. It had plans for you to build a solar powered night light without rechargeable batteries! It also had plans for you to build a one-bit RISC microprocessor with a reduced instruction set of only two instructions: No Op and Halt!
"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." - Arthur C. Clarke

#7 of 7 OFFLINE   Richard Travale

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Posted August 21 2004 - 05:09 AM

I don't have any for people to steal but I'm always seeing 'Beefs' in the local paper about them being stolen.
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