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Phenolic
Aug 28, 2017 9:10 PM CST
Has anyone noticed an increase in thefts of plants and garden decorations or tools? How do you deal with these thefts?

I can handle someone stealing the occasional cutting or snatching some seeds as long as they're not too greedy, but someone has repeatedly targeted my garden this summer and I'm very frustrated. Several square feet of a NOID red Sempervivum have been stolen, and most of the green NOID Sempervivum planted in front of them have been trampled. Most of my showier Sedum are gone. A hanging basket of Epiphyllum in full bloom was snatched overnight from my backyard. To add insult to injury a newly purchased hardy bamboo that was still in the nursery pot was stolen before I could get it into the ground the next day. Whoever is stealing from my garden has even tried to break into my garage to steal my tools!

At this point I'm just glad that most of my native flowers are spring ephemerals that even I can't dig up because I don't remember where they're growing. It's going to take a few years for me to propagate more plants from the stock I have left, if I don't lose any more plants. I know that the cost of gardening is increasing, but surely that doesn't come at the expense of common courtesy? If someone really wanted plants that badly I would have gladly shared cuttings and offsets if asked politely. Although, when I reported the thefts to the police they suggested that it could be either landscapers stealing plants to save on projects or drug addicts (opioids, probably) stealing plants to sell for drug money.
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Name: Ashton & Terry
Jones, OK (Zone 7a)
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kidfishing
Aug 28, 2017 9:28 PM CST
So sorry to hear of your theft issue. I really don't like people who steal. One suggestion that you could do is get a camera and set it up to catch a thief. There are some relatively inexpensive game cameras that work very well day or night. If you could place it somewhere that it would not be stolen you could catch the thief on camera. These cameras are motion sensor and have flash for night pictures. Maybe you could locate it inside facing out a window where you keep something that someone may want. It sounds like your thief goes all around your place. I know that I would not want to keep providing my plants for someone to carry off.
Hope you can find a way to solve your problem so you can enjoy your gardening.
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Name: aud/odd
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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Cinta
Aug 28, 2017 9:37 PM CST
I am sorry to hear you are losing all that amount of garden plants and decor. That is horrible.

I have never had that happen in my area. I would put up a security camera and see what is happening. I have a cheap solar alarm. It lights up and makes a lot of noise. Check the internet and get some protection. It sounds like you need protection at least something to make some noise so you at least can prepare that if they get bold enough to break in and take you.

When plants leave my garden it is because of the deer, groundhog, rabbits, and every other animal known to man.



Name: aud/odd
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Cinta
Aug 28, 2017 9:41 PM CST
This is the solar light alarm.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003UO801E/
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Aug 29, 2017 9:30 AM CST
Have you checked into Critter Cams? They are cheap, motion activated and the picture quality is good.
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Name: greene
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greene
Aug 29, 2017 11:16 AM CST
Never had anyone steal plants or tools from my garden. I have dogs that alert me as soon as anyone or anything steps into the yard. I agree that a motion-activated camera should help...but they may just steal the camera so don't spend too much money for the camera.

In the Toronto area this is not a new problem.
Here is an article from a couple of years ago:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/...

And this:
https://beta.theglobeandmail.c...

Maybe the solution is to get a dog or two, a motion-activated camera, then plant some lovely ivy, (poison ivy Whistling ) in and among the valuable new plants.
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Name: Gary
Wyoming MN (Zone 4a)
hostasmore
Aug 29, 2017 2:26 PM CST
Even worse than the theft is the thought that someone is out there is your property. Be safe!
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Steve812
Aug 29, 2017 2:40 PM CST
Sorry to hear about hour losses. Loss of a plant is bad enough, but there is always a loss of trust that goes along with it. And it's a bad feeling.

I will post what I would do if this happened here in a minute, but I will recall a story about my only loss of plant material. Twenty years ago when I lived in a suburb of Austin, TX I grew sunflowers. Some were in beds in front of the house and a little to the side. They bloomed through the summer, but as they began to look a little tatty I took them down. The back yard was enclosed by a wooden fence, and placed the dead stalks in a pile there to await disposal. Two days later, after coming home from work I looked for them, and they were gone. Never did figure out what happened. I'd love to get some insight on why someone would steal dead sunflower stalks, maybe to harvest the seeds?

As Greene suggested, a motion activated camera might be a good option. We recently installed an Arlo system. I'd not have recommended the original version, but I'm pretty happy with the new version. It records motion, uploads it to the internet, and stores a few weeks of info. If you have a video clip you want to save for longer, you have to download it. We routinely see animals in our driveway, deer, rats, coyotes, and so on. And it's fast enough to catch a car moving by at a fair clip. Not 100% sure you would be able to ID a person who is taking your plants from the photos. Maybe you would learn their habits and be able to report the events to the police.
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Weedwhacker
Aug 29, 2017 7:43 PM CST
hostasmore said:Even worse than the theft is the thought that someone is out there is your property. Be safe!


I agree -- that would really give me the creeps! Blinking
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Aug 29, 2017 10:21 PM CST
Yes, I am good when I have bears and mountain lions in my space but people
trespassers give me the creeps.
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Coppice
Aug 30, 2017 2:15 AM CST
I had a co-worker who used to steal bonsai. I was sure it was her due to she only took trees she had commented on.

Regretabley she never learned to care for the trees she took. They would be returned in 4 to 6 weeks quite dead.

Parting from her was sweet.
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Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Aug 30, 2017 8:22 AM CST
Taking them in the first place is obviously bad; bringing them back dead just seems crazy! Blinking
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