Do any of you have some ideas for some friendly "keep out" "no trespassing" or "private property" signs that I could hand paint? I need to word them so the neighbors are not offended and we sound neighborly, but still let "friends" know that before they trespass and steal all the fruit that it is STEALING. We have a fairly good chain-link 4' fence that also has a 7 foot hedge, but the double lower gate and our regularly giving away extra fruit has a few "friends" thinking it is cool to stop by and clear off the trees for us. I appreciate that I did not have to pick a few hundred extra large fat persimmons off the good tree this year, but we had planned on picking a few of the best ones to use or give to close friends. We had someone stop by tonight (as it was getting dark....bet she thought we would not be there or see her) with her son, a 2 story picker and boxes. They did stop by the house and ask, Mom said that most of them soft ones were gone already but they could pick what was left-the crows were coming for them anyway. After a few minutes the lady came up through the garden with a few in a bag and said she was surprised that they were all gone. I explained to her that some one had come and stolen all the best ones a week or so ago. She did not say anything, but later fessed up to my mom that they had come and helped themselves a bit ago. And gave mom a whopping $10. I hope she understood that when we offer them it is because we have too many not that we are happy with people stealing them with out asking. Mom hates to keep all the gates locked, but looks like we need to keep them locked AND post some signs. Doubt she will think it means her, but still would like her to think before she steals.