What are the best ways to protect community gardens from vandalism and theft ?
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- August 13, 2011 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm #456411
I lose 25% of my stuff to deer, bunnies and humans. It gets a little worse every year. Grandview put up signs eventually as we would see people drive up, load bags with the crops others grew and then leave. I think ours might be different than the OP’s as we rent our plots from the city as opposed to anyone being able to work it.August 13, 2011 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm #456412
Great article in the NY Times this last week on the very subject, they had good suggestions about signs and sharing/getting over it. Turns out in the City most garden thieves are little old ethnic types. I have lots of immigrants work over my plot, but most if not all have asked permission.August 14, 2011 12:33 am at 12:33 am #456413
maybe you need to dig up your gun library idea again. garden militia.August 14, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm #456414
How about an electric cattle fence. That would defiantly get their attention.August 14, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm #456415
In the Muslim/Islamic world – they would cut your hand off for stealing a pepper, in China they would shoot you on sight (no trial, no questions, end of story) maybe that is the fear we need to instill in these thieves! Current system is not working and it starts at home with the parents, etc!
I was going to suggest snipersAugust 14, 2011 1:09 pm at 1:09 pm #456416
In the Muslim/Islamic world – they would cut your hand off for stealing a pepper, in China they would shoot you on sight (no trial, no questions, end of story) maybe that is the fear we need to instill in these thieves!
Yes, we really need to learn from China and Sharia Law, clearly they’ve got their act together.August 14, 2011 3:45 pm at 3:45 pm #456417
The bottom line is that if there were severe repurcussions people would think twice about stealing – not married to a solution other than punishing people, who have no respect for property or other people’s hard work.
And for all you texters read about what they do in 90% of the world to people, who steal or damage other people’s property – it ain’t pretty. We need to get back to basics – if you steal IT HURTS – and it’s not NO BIG DEAL. You get tired of people messing with your shit and the lack of respect it represents! And yes in most of the Middle East including Sunni Saudi Arabia they catch you stealing a loaf of bread or stealing a green pepper off a cart at the market they will cut your hand off – not a lot of theft or vandlism there either…imhoAugust 14, 2011 3:47 pm at 3:47 pm #456418
“Yes, we really need to learn from China and Sharia Law, clearly they’ve got their act together.” Yes, and we are loosing ours!August 14, 2011 3:50 pm at 3:50 pm #456419
You are a crazy person.August 14, 2011 4:00 pm at 4:00 pm #456420
I had this idea to put taggers and copper theives in a cage and do scioto river dunks… Klue can you get the ball rolling on that? Thanks!August 14, 2011 4:58 pm at 4:58 pm #456421
Hey if part of the problem is “ethnic” people taking without participating, maybe consider multi-lingual signage saying something like You Could Participate In This Garden.August 14, 2011 5:20 pm at 5:20 pm #456422
Stake out some hungry bears. It’ll make crop gathering/working a little tricky for the owners, but worth it to keep out the thieves.August 14, 2011 5:37 pm at 5:37 pm #456423
make sure to starve the bears first. oh yeah and put rat poison on the vegetables..August 14, 2011 6:43 pm at 6:43 pm #456424
Landmines and/or punji sticks.August 14, 2011 7:05 pm at 7:05 pm #456425
Build a guard tower. Insert juices from ruined vegies into water balloons. Maybe some urine. Fill rest of water balloons with water. Form a garden watch.
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