Sign Swindlers

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Real Estate Broker Owner with Regency Realty, LLC
So is it just me, or do your directional signs go BYE BYE!!  I bought a sturdy Open Sunday sign that was corrugated plastic and no other sign could've possibly worked with this huge frame.  Cost me almost $60 for this one sign.  And the FIRST day I used it, it got lifted.  Right on the corner of 10th Street and the Circle K!!  Many more of my directional signs go missing after a few weeks as well.  What do people do with them?  Why wouldn't they call the # that's on the sign and say "get this yard sign out of my yard!" instead of taking it and turning the frame into a stand for for their flower garden (true story)?  I just wondered if the rest of you suffer from similar maladies, or if truly, I have somewhere ticked someone off and they are bound and determined to go around pilfering my signs just to cause me grief!! Save me from my paranoia please!
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Rainer
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Cary & Kim Johnson
Coral Shores Realty
Check with your local code compliance folks to see if they might have your sign.  Here in South Florida they actually put a bounty on open house signs... I figure it's a cost of doing business, but I still hate it!!!
September 21, 2007 04:08 PM
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Tara Schott
Regency Realty, LLC
Wow! I never thought about the city gov't pulling signs...hmm.  Something to check into, Thanks!
September 21, 2007 04:12 PM
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Joan Snodgrass
Midamerica Referral Network

The only problem we have here in the Ozarks is the county taking directional signs down, if it is in their mowing right-of-way.

Actually, my problem is in reverse - trying to get other offices to come pick up their signs on expireds. 

September 21, 2007 04:18 PM
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Amber Riviere
Brown Bug, LLC
We had a man who would steal signs (agents actually busted him several times, different agents with different companies).  We knew what kind/color truck he drove and everything, and we knew when he would be out.  We called him the Sign Troll.  We knew when NOT to leave signs around, or the troll would get them!  That was in my old market, but to this day, I say that the Sign Troll takes my signs.  Yes, it still happens in my new market.
October 10, 2007 02:47 PM
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Kat

Once upon a time I lost signs all the time, especially during the summer when yard sales started to crop up all over the place. It's one of those things. Since I've change my real estate structure over the years, I now no longer have the need to purchase signs. I don't know that there is a cure for the "sign thief" other than you can write them off as a business loss at tax time.

Good luck!

April 09, 2008 10:31 AM
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