Victims Retaliate After Election Sign Thefts

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Two-time "victim" Leo Jovanovic of Three Oaks, Mich., put an electric fence around his Obama sign. Dan Collison for NPR hide caption

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Two-time "victim" Leo Jovanovic of Three Oaks, Mich., put an electric fence around his Obama sign.

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Dick Dwyer of Harbert, Mich., takes his McCain sign in each night. Dan Collison for NPR hide caption

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Dick Dwyer of Harbert, Mich., takes his McCain sign in each night.

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John McCain supporter Dick Dwyer says both of his campaign signs "magically disappeared" from his front lawn one day.

In southern Michigan, it's a problem for people on both sides of the presidential battle.

Bob Miller, who campaigns for Barack Obama in the village of Union Pier, says at least half — if not more — of the signs distributed to supporters end up being stolen. But some theft victims are retaliating — with techniques as varied as grease and donation promises.

"It ain't gonna kill you, but if someone wants to touch that wire they're going to be surprised," says Leo Jovanovic, who wrapped his Obama-Biden sign in an electrified fence after several other ones were stolen. "I'm really hoping it's just a bunch of punk kids that are doing this, because if there are adults going out there and stealing signs, then we're in trouble."

Rick Tuttle, a bookstore owner in nearby Three Oaks decided that instead of replacing the sign, he would put up his own poster that says, "Hey you, put back my Obama sign."

After having numerous signs stolen, another resident posted a sign that read, "For every Obama sign you steal from this yard, I'm donating $50 to the Obama Campaign."

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