How can you secure patio pots to concrete to prevent them from being stolen
Intruder alert lights. A video camera to catch them at it. Secure the access to your patio with locked gates. Attach them to the ground as in the post above.
Tricky, if you can make them heavy enough then it might help. keeping them well watered should help with that. You could chain them up but somehow that seems worse.
I guess you could bolt a pot to the concrete fasten it down and then fill it. A masonary bit might be able to drill the pot or shatter it ...
I think the best thing is cheap pots and cheap plants at least then the loss is minimal. Locating hanging baskets out of arms reach may help too. Unfortunately theres no cure for idiots.
On a similar thread, someone, can't remember who, suggested supergluing drawing pins to the bottom of the pots. Downside is you need to remember that too!
We don't tend to have a problem with theft, as we have an elderly GSD/Collie cross, who sounds as though he wants to eat you from the other side of the door. Trouble is, our normal postie made the mistake of giving him a fuss, now the dog thinks the postman is delivering his fuss, the fact that he has a parcel for me is immaterial. Downside is dog will leave deposits on your lawn and can be expensive to look after
Access to the back garden is through the house or garage so the back garden is OK. I have a very large pot in the front garden....OH has concreted this into position
I had a window-box stolen from my front garden a couple of years ago and the thief clearly tried to take one of my smaller pots as well but gave up and only moved it a foot or so as it was far heavier than it looked - I had half-filled it with bricks before planting it up in the hope of this acting as a deterrent. Unfortunately there wasn't enough depth to do the same with the window-box. I've been reluctant to put window-boxes out since but took a chance last year and was OK and have just re-planted for this year. I am now just keeping my fingers crossed. One other thing: previously the front was just concrete and it was quick and easy to walk from the gate, grab the box and exit. Since then I have had concrete removed and have planted it all up; consequently it would be less easy to access them and I'm hoping this may help.
Isn't it sad that we have this problem? At my last house the previous owners had a huge glazed terracotta pot with a spirea in it which was at the end of the patio. When we moved in we had a laugh as they'd obviously tried to move it and given up as it was abandoned about 10' from where it had been! We got the (rather dead!) spirea out and even then it took both of us to move it and I used it for various different plants throughout the year. Thieves would've had to be pretty determined to nick it!
It is most frustrating - I had a planter stolen early this morning. After having some baskets "adopted" by a passing felon, I put out small terracotta pots, which were also removed, so I opted for bigger and heavier containers in the form of used wine crates. Problem solved I thought, but evidently not!!
Thank you Mummy Muddy Paws for the suggestion about the drawing pins - I'll definitely be giving that idea a try.