When we moved into our current house, the previous owners left behind a really great planter.
It was a soft blue ceramic pot, about 20 inches tall that I kept planted with purple and blue pansies.
Until someone dumped it out and walked off with it.
I couldn't ever quite replace it, though I found a couple of cobalt and white pots to put in its place.
They are chained in place through the drain hole, and locked onto the porch rail.
So far they are all still in place.
I was mostly thinking about Michellemybelle's wandering grill.
Mostly you aren't defending yourself from the CIA or the Mafia.
I'm fairly certain it was the jerky students from across the street that swiped my planter.
And MMB's grill was probably just some jerks with a truck — a crime of opportunity.
The idea is not to just set it up to happen again.
You make it less convenient.
Not impossible, but too much of a pain in the neck to bother with.
Probably if the Mafia wanted your grill (let's say you get a really, really good one), they'll be able to get it no matter what you do.
But if it's just Dumb and Dumber in a truck, it's just a matter of making it not easy.
So a bike chain and lock to something fixed, or to a stake in the ground.
Oh, and bells are good too.
That's why my backyard doesn't get street people in stealing the recycling.
My gate makes a noise, so they go somewhere that is easier.
Sometimes I think that what I really want is a guard tower and machine gun turrets.
But so far this works.
Here, my latest security add-on.
Take that oh vile and despicable recycling and planter swiping varments.