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messagePlant theft Oglander Road
Posted by Carrie 29 March, 2019 07:42

Someone has dug up plants from my front garden overnight - has anyone else on Oglander noticed any losses. Why would someone do that? I realise I’m irrationally upset over the loss of a few penstemons!!



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit was 2019:03:29:07:56:24 by Carrie.

messageRe: Pant theft Oglander Road
Posted by Penguin68 29 March, 2019 07:46

This thread's title offers more than it delivers!

messageRe: Pant theft Oglander Road
Posted by Carrie 29 March, 2019 07:56

Oops - now corrected - damn autocorrect!

messageRe: Pant theft Oglander Road
Posted by shen 29 March, 2019 08:25

Same thing happened to us on Oglander last year. There is a thread somewhere about it but can’t find it now. Reluctant to plant new plants this year in case happens again. Thinking of planting lavender as my next door neighbour’s new lavender was not stolen. The thief is evidently not a fan.

messageRe: Plant theft Oglander Road
Posted by snoopy17 29 March, 2019 23:36

someone jealous of you? stolen for spite?

messageRe: Plant theft Oglander Road
Posted by Captain Marvel 30 March, 2019 08:22

Snowdropper!

messageRe: Plant theft Oglander Road
Posted by IlonaM 30 March, 2019 09:36

It's odd - there is definitely someone a little light-handed in that area. When I lived on Soames St a few years ago I mulched the front garden with bark chips before going on holiday and someone had meticulously removed virtually all of it from around a lot of plants by the time I returned.

messageRe: Plant theft Oglander Road
Posted by Carrie 31 March, 2019 10:45

More plants went last night 😪

messageRe: Plant theft Oglander Road
Posted by Mands 31 March, 2019 15:05

We had plants stolen last year. A fusia plant disappeared along with a garden hose. we now have cctv so hopefully wont happen again this year.

messageRe: Plant theft Oglander Road
Posted by ktbg 31 March, 2019 20:30

In the last 12 months we’ve had 4 hanging baskets stolen from our garden on Oglander.

messageRe: Plant theft Oglander Road
Posted by Carrie 01 April, 2019 13:14

The consensus amongst the neighbours is that they are being taken to be sold on at car boot sales.

I've given up on the idea of putting in plants now - can't afford to fund someone else's "business" - and will just be scattering seed from now on.

messageRe: Plant theft Oglander Road
Posted by Sue 01 April, 2019 20:53

Carrie Wrote:
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> The consensus amongst the neighbours is that they
> are being taken to be sold on at car boot sales.
>


Some years back I had planted up window boxes stolen, and the police said there had been a spate of such thefts.

It was just before Mother's Day.

Maybe the same reason??

messageRe: Plant theft Oglander Road
Posted by Jules-and-Boo 02 April, 2019 12:40

I would be inclined to have a very visible gardening day and then stay up to catch the thief. Sensor lights would be good.

Or you could put notices up on lamp posts drawing attention to the thefts and asking neighbours to keep their eyes open.

You could set up a neighbourhood watch scheme and be proactive.

messageRe: Plant theft Oglander Road
Posted by goldilocks 02 April, 2019 14:00

Or install cctv over your front garden?

messageRe: Plant theft Oglander Road
Posted by mc 05 April, 2019 13:24

We had a small olive tree in a pot stolen from our front garden a few weeks ago. We live in Ady's road. Very frustrating. Am similarly reluctant to put anything else out there now in case that goes too I didn't bother reporting it to the police - should I have done?

messageRe: Plant theft Oglander Road
Posted by Lynne 05 April, 2019 13:54

I ran a rope from inside the pot (knotted above the hole in the base) and tied it to a bush. Probably wouldn't have stopped a really determined effort, but would stop a casual grab.

messageRe: Plant theft Oglander Road
Posted by mc 05 April, 2019 17:22

ooh that sounds like a good idea, I may try it, thanks Lynne!

messageRe: Plant theft Oglander Road
Posted by Angelina 05 April, 2019 22:22

You can drill through the bases and fix them to the floor ow windowsills

messageRe: Plant theft Oglander Road
Posted by Frankito 06 April, 2019 08:02

Sadly that won’t prevent the actual plants from being removed.

Angelina Wrote:
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> You can drill through the bases and fix them to
> the floor ow windowsills

messageRe: Plant theft Oglander Road
Posted by Angelina 06 April, 2019 19:05

you could drill a cover over the pot (like a pond cover - plants could grow through it but not be taken. Prob better for shrubs, trees than border plants.

What times.


It sounds from other posts that there are some very blatant and shameless thieves around.

messageRe: Plant theft Oglander Road
Posted by edcam 06 April, 2019 20:22

Sorry to hear this but to be honest, penstemons promise more than they deliver. I hope your thieves dwell on that once they realise their folly.

messageRe: Plant theft Oglander Road
Posted by Sue 07 April, 2019 01:36

edcam Wrote:
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> Sorry to hear this but to be honest, penstemons
> promise more than they deliver. I hope your
> thieves dwell on that once they realise their
> folly.

Nooooo!

Penstemons are lovely!

smiling smiley

messageRe: Plant theft Oglander Road
Posted by whodhavethoughit 14 April, 2019 16:48

I can top all of this - our neighbour with the help of Plus Rooms attempted to steal part of our back garden. They have stolen some by building their extension across the boundary in a diagonal style!!!! (straight on plans submitted to Southwark). We have had plants stolen from the front of the house too but they pale in comparison

messageRe: Plant theft Oglander Road
Posted by ktbg 25 April, 2019 08:23

Last night a rose bush was dug up and stolen from our front garden. How can we stop this?

messageRe: Plant theft Oglander Road
Posted by nxjen 25 April, 2019 10:05

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messageRe: Plant theft Oglander Road
Posted by healer 26 April, 2019 14:13

It must be very common for plants to be stolen all around East Dulwich. I live in Upland Road and had two topiary plants stolen in their tubs.They were very heavy so it must have been a two person job. I was shocked but have since found out that this is common.

I now chain up my plant pots at the front of the house and buy cheap less showy plants. I also chain up my hanging baskets.

So sad that people will steal our lovely plants that we are trying to make our area look nice,

messageRe: Plant theft Oglander Road
Posted by JaneB 04 November, 2019 16:51

We recently moved to Oglander Road and clearly spent far too much on our front garden! Two pots were stolen within a fortnight of moving in, 4 shrubs a week or so ago and to top it all a tree today. I've now moved the other 2 trees to the back of the house but my denuded flower bed still offers some opportunity for theft. Rumour has it that the culprit is known and not deterred by cameras. It's rotten for everyone that the street view can never be improved and really depressing that we can do nothing to stop it.
I don't suppose anyone saw someone struggling to remove an ornamental tree from a raised flowerbed this morning, we think between 10 and 11?

messageRe: Plant theft Oglander Road
Posted by KidKruger 04 November, 2019 18:26

Get another large plant in another large pot, put it in your front garden with a tracking device in the bottom of the soil, set-up a hidden camera and see what happens overnight.

messageRe: Plant theft Oglander Road
Posted by Sue 04 November, 2019 19:27

KidKruger Wrote:
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> Get another large plant in another large pot, put
> it in your front garden with a tracking device in
> the bottom of the soil, set-up a hidden camera and
> see what happens overnight.


I like your thinking, KK! Especially the tracking device! Genius! (Well, depending how much they cost ....._

messageRe: Plant theft Oglander Road
Posted by Penguin68 04 November, 2019 19:32

Let's hope the theives don't read the forum...

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