This is a little bit outside of the yard sign realm, but thought that this Craigslist post indicates how emotional voters can get about having their yard signs stolen:
Originally Posted: Thu, 20 Nov 00:49 PSTTo the wingnut who stole my Obama/Biden magnet and left a note – w4mDate: 2008-11-20, 12:49AM PSTI was really angry when I got to my car, which was minding its own business parked in the Barnes & Noble parking lot, and I saw that someone had stolen my precious Obama magnet! I waited more than 2 months for that magnet to come in the mail!!But then as I was driving home I noticed a small white paper flapping in the breeze under my windshield wiper. I pulled over to retrieve it and it was a sloppily-scribbled, psychotic expression of your wingnut political beliefs. I do not care about your paranoid mental disorder (I quote: “Are you ready to give up your freedom? It’s COMING MORON!!”)You stole my magnet. I want it back. I’ll give you 24 hours to put it back on my scion, which will be parked there tomorrow… or I will take the scrap of Wells Fargo bank statement you wrote your wing-note on to my friend who works for Wells Fargo. She will scan the barcode on the corner of your note and tell me who you are. And I will come steal something YOU value, perhaps your fingernail clipping collection or John McCain blow-up doll!You have until sundown Thursday, douchbag!
Here is the important point for campaigns. You can channel this anger into volunteer activity. Voters who have their sign stolen will reach out to the candidate or political campaign.
Communicate to the voter that the best to get the yard sign thief back is to redouble their efforts. Not only should they want to put another yard sign out on their lawn but also they should help with the weekend’s canvass or phone bank one evening.