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DonnegalDan 07-27-2012 10:59 AM

Fence Plowing/Fence Popping
 
I have discovered that Fence Plowing/Fence Popping is an Olympic sport on Long Island. Kids will run into a fence in order to knock out the panels or take down the fence. http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=fence%20plowing
The :cursing: got my 6ft PVC privacy fence twice. Each time the rails and posts stay intact, but the panels pop out. I already filed a police report and fixed the fence both times.
My question is: Has anyone else encountered this and does anyone have suggestions as to how I might go about reinforcing the panels so they do not pop out when someone hits them? Legal and non-lethal solutions only please.:whistling2:

Thanks in advance,

Dan

CopperClad 07-27-2012 11:07 AM

Rolling On The Floor Laughing My A Off. This has to be in the top 3 funniest post ever. Sorry. I'm laughing with you, not at you.:) About your problem and a possible way to correct it from the random acts of fence plowing... Could you post a photo of the fence to see if someone can come up with a solution to keep the panels from popping off when drunk teenagers are trying to knock it down? thanks.

user1007 07-27-2012 11:13 AM

See if the police will make a few extra passes for awhile. You might speak with the community relations people at the police department as well. If they can nail a couple of the kids and their parents have to fork out to fix the fence, it could slow the enthusiasm for the activity.

In a way, if the panels are popping intact you are lucky. At least the little monsters are not damaging things to the point you have to completely rebuild the panels or pushing posts over. I fear if you ran a piece of steel or something between posts as reinforcement you could end up with more damage. You might try different fasteners?

It might fool them for a time if you get those real looking but fake surveilance cameras and "you are being watched" sort of stickers. You can find them online, in pairs, on eBay, Amazon, etc. for $20 or so I think. Some, just a bit more expensive, actually have blinking lights that do nothing but make them look even more realistic.

An extra motion light or two, if you can mount them close enough to be triggered without being destroyed themselves might make them think twice. I suppose some sort of audio alarm might be a thought for a time. If it goes off too often it will not please your neighbors but you could set it for late at night when I assume this is happening?

DonnegalDan 07-27-2012 11:21 AM

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No offense taken, I'm kind of laughing at it too. My solution was a Remington 870 with some OO Buckshot, but the wife (and the officer) agreed this would be a little bit extreme:gunsmilie:. I don't have a pic of mine right now, but this basically what I haveAttachment 54794 The panels are about 18" wide and lock into the top and bottom rails and to each other via tongue and groove.

mae-ling 07-27-2012 11:30 AM

Razor wire:whistling2:

DonnegalDan 07-27-2012 11:39 AM

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Originally Posted by sdsester (Post 975474)
See if the police will make a few extra passes for awhile. You might speak with the community relations people at the police department as well. If they can nail a couple of the kids and their parents have to fork out to fix the fence, it could slow the enthusiasm for the activity.

In a way, if the panels are popping intact you are lucky. At least the little monsters are not damaging things to the point you have to completely rebuild the panels or pushing posts over. I fear if you ran a piece of steel or something between posts as reinforcement you could end up with more damage. You might try different fasteners?
It might fool them for a time if you get those real looking but fake surveilance cameras and "you are being watched" sort of stickers. You can find them online, in pairs, on eBay, Amazon, etc. for $20 or so I think. Some, just a bit more expensive, actually have blinking lights that do nothing but make them look even more realistic.

An extra motion light or two, if you can mount them close enough to be triggered without being destroyed themselves might make them think twice. I suppose some sort of audio alarm might be a thought for a time. If it goes off too often it will not please your neighbors but you could set it for late at night when I assume this is happening?

I'm on a corner lot and the fence runs about 70 feet and is set back about 6 feet from the roadside. When the knock it in, my backyard and my pool is exposed creating a potential liability. At least they aren't breaking the panels and it is a simple repair. They just started a neighborhood watch along with the PD in my area. I'm going to get in touch with the coordinating officer.

DonnegalDan 07-27-2012 11:41 AM

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Originally Posted by mae-ling (Post 975488)
Razor wire:whistling2:

Maybe call my EOD friends...

gregzoll 07-27-2012 12:15 PM

Get some nice large boulders, placing them in a way that they will damage the vehicle. Also placing metal poles in the ground, in a way that they will rip into the vehicle, rendering it to the point that it will not be able to drive away.

DonnegalDan 07-27-2012 12:27 PM

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Originally Posted by gregzoll (Post 975515)
Get some nice large boulders, placing them in a way that they will damage the vehicle. Also placing metal poles in the ground, in a way that they will rip into the vehicle, rendering it to the point that it will not be able to drive away.

They are running into the fence with their bodies. The street just gives them easy access to the fence. PD told me they usually drive up, run through the fence and drive away.:confused1:
I have some 6ft aborvitae along that side, maybe it's time to fill in between with some more. The boulders are also a good idea to keep them from getting a good run at the fence, or just make a big diving board for them.

user1007 07-27-2012 12:44 PM

I like the post and boulder idea. You could do something quite tasteful with lodgepole pine or other treated round timber and some well placed boulder.

Any police department will tell you a diligent neighborhood watch force is one of the best crime deterrents.

Do leave the gun down for this though. You do not want to end up like the guy in Florida. And shooting kids for busting out your fence panels, tempting though it may be, will not work out in your favor.

Of course you could just move to a mansion with security in the Hampton's. You are already used to the climate.

DonnegalDan 07-27-2012 12:56 PM

Just kidding about the firepower. I'm po'd at the lack of respect for other people's property. We would have got our arses kicked if we did this type of stuff when we were kids.

DonnegalDan 07-27-2012 01:12 PM

"Of course you could just move to a mansion with security in the Hampton's. You are already used to the climate."

I'll give P-Diddy a call and see if he has some spare room.:thumbup:

user1007 07-27-2012 04:28 PM

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Originally Posted by DonnegalDan (Post 975535)
Just kidding about the firepower. I'm po'd at the lack of respect for other people's property. We would have got our arses kicked if we did this type of stuff when we were kids.

Well speaking optimistically, perhaps if your Neighborhood Watch group leads to them getting caught and they, or their parents, suffer the expense of repairing things they will begin to understand.

By the way, is there some sort of optional wrap around mounting hardware for those panels? Would that just make the damage worse if they kicked at them?

DonnegalDan 07-27-2012 08:34 PM

There is no hardware that I know of, unless I were to custom build something. I think my approach may be to make the fence a less appealing target with some landscaping. Thanks to all for the suggestions :thumbsup:

user1007 07-27-2012 09:25 PM

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Originally Posted by DonnegalDan (Post 975854)
There is no hardware that I know of, unless I were to custom build something. I think my approach may be to make the fence a less appealing target with some landscaping. Thanks to all for the suggestions :thumbsup:

In addition to some timber and boulders, why not some attractive low maintenance plants with thorns or sharp leaves. Some hybrid dwarf species of holly come to mind.


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