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Will this prevent backyard theft?

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Will this prevent backyard theft?

I bought a new BBQ and have two brackets bolted on the BBQ to the concrete wall.

I also have a new patio conversation furniture set in an L shape. I have them all chained together, locked and bolted to the fence. They are also quite heavy. The larger piece doesn't fit through the backyard entrance and we had to use ladders to lift it over the fence. Its very heavy since it has a built in canopy.

We also have security dome cameras throughout, extremely bright motion sensor lights and a beware of dog sign (but our dog is super friendly) Will this deter thieves? I'm open to even more security measures!
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Wow seems overkill to me - never heard of thieves going around stealing bbqs and patio seating. I have no theft deterrents. Have you or your neighbours actually experienced theft of bbqs and patio seating or you're just assuming it will be stolen?
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hierophant wrote: Wow seems overkill to me - never heard of thieves going around stealing bbqs and patio seating. I have no theft deterrents. Have you or your neighbours actually experienced theft of bbqs and patio seating or you're just assuming it will be stolen?
I guess I'm just paranoid. Our house is at the end of the line and easier for people on the street to hop the fence and access. All the houses on my street have no bbq or patio furniture. Just soil and clotheslines.
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Guess it depends on your location. But if the only way to get in is to hop the fence are they going to throw the bbq back over the fence for someone else to catch it?
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Tha_Doggg wrote: Guess it depends on your location. But if the only way to get in is to hop the fence are they going to throw the bbq back over the fence for someone else to catch it?
The bbq will fit through the backyard entrance., but they would have to kick open the door or saw off the lock. I'm right smack downtown toronto
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Nobody will steal a BBQ from a backyard. Too bulky. Patio furniture too bulky.

Good luck to the thieves.

Just being paranoid.
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AV-Fishing wrote: Nobody will steal a BBQ from a backyard. Too bulky. Patio furniture too bulky.

Good luck to the thieves.

Just being paranoid.
I feel better now. Not going to lie!
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I have never in my life secured a bbq or patio set. I hope this world doesn’t come to a point where we have to start securing such stuff. Might as well build a cage all around the house.
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trixstar wrote: I feel better now. Not going to lie!
You mean bolting the BBQ to a concrete wall, chaining the patio furniture together, which is |locked and bolted to the fence", installing "security dome cameras throughout, extremely bright motion sensor lights and a beware of dog sign" didn't make you feel better, but online strangers telling you you're completely paranoid does? Face With Tears Of Joy

Paranoid isn't word I would use - obsessive compulsive maybe. Relax a little and enjoy your space, worrying that much of over material things isn't healthy.
Holystone wrote: I have never in my life secured a bbq or patio set. I hope this world doesn’t come to a point where we have to start securing such stuff. Might as well build a cage all around the house.
Never heard anything like this before either. I don't think it's anything for the rest of us to worry about. This is a all in the head type problem.
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In 20 years I've never had anything go out of my yard or off my front porch.

But - we have had 2 bicycles stolen from the garage. Oddly the last one, they took the bike down off the hooks in the rafters, left another just as good MTB in the lane behind the garage, left the seat from my bike behind and took the bike.

Ignored piles of power tools, my tool cabinets etc. Would have been a challenge to get my bike down from where it was. This happened a few years back and nothing gone since, so they weren't 'casing' the place.

When we leave for extended periods I bar the side entry to the garage from the inside and the garage door opener keeps the door closed. No handles etc. on the exterior of the door but even if there was, it would be a challenge to open it.

If a thief wants your crap, they're going to get it. I don't bother with excessive deterrents. We have an alarm system, monitored primarily out of concern for fire.

If someone wants my stuff and they try hard enough to get it, they can have it. Not going to waste too much mental energy worrying about a few thousand dollars worth of made-in-China crap like a Weber BBQ or Costco furniture.
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torontotim wrote: In 20 years I've never had anything go out of my yard or off my front porch.

But - we have had 2 bicycles stolen from the garage. Oddly the last one, they took the bike down off the hooks in the rafters, left another just as good MTB in the lane behind the garage, left the seat from my bike behind and took the bike.

Ignored piles of power tools, my tool cabinets etc. Would have been a challenge to get my bike down from where it was. This happened a few years back and nothing gone since, so they weren't 'casing' the place.

When we leave for extended periods I bar the side entry to the garage from the inside and the garage door opener keeps the door closed. No handles etc. on the exterior of the door but even if there was, it would be a challenge to open it.

If a thief wants your crap, they're going to get it. I don't bother with excessive deterrents. We have an alarm system, monitored primarily out of concern for fire.

If someone wants my stuff and they try hard enough to get it, they can have it. Not going to waste too much mental energy worrying about a few thousand dollars worth of made-in-China crap like a Weber BBQ or Costco furniture.
Agreed. If this was stealing bikes - my response would be completely different. I have had the wheels stolen off my bike which was locked on a rack INDOORS behind locked doors in an apartment building. I've had hand sanitizer (before COVID), chocolate bars, sunglasses and charging cable stolen from my car yet my outdoor (garden tools, patio stuff, etc.) stays as is. Too bad these belligerents don't use their skills and determination for good.
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You shouldn't have to worry about thieves currently as they should all be isolating at home. If they aren't they may be breaking the law.
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Where do you live that people steal bbqs?? Never heard of locking a bbq before.
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AV-Fishing wrote: Nobody will steal a BBQ from a backyard. Too bulky. Patio furniture too bulky.

Good luck to the thieves.

Just being paranoid.
Then I guess my BBQ wheeled itself out of my yard looking for propane one day.

It does happen.
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trixstar wrote: I bought a new BBQ and have two brackets bolted on the BBQ to the concrete wall.

I also have a new patio conversation furniture set in an L shape. I have them all chained together, locked and bolted to the fence. They are also quite heavy. The larger piece doesn't fit through the backyard entrance and we had to use ladders to lift it over the fence. Its very heavy since it has a built in canopy.

We also have security dome cameras throughout, extremely bright motion sensor lights and a beware of dog sign (but our dog is super friendly) Will this deter thieves? I'm open to even more security measures!
Petty crime is often just a crime of opportunity. If a thief is able to spot something of value that is easy to sell and is able to get away quickly, they will consider going for it.

All the stuff you seem worried about stealing is stuff that needs to leave your yard through a gate. Padlock your gates and you'll likely be fine. A thief would have to hoist it over your fence, or break your fence down, in order to steal the item. That likely eliminates most thieves from attempting.
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For some reason, I read "backyard pervert theft", thought someone was stealing your undies.
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er34er34 wrote: For some reason, I read "backyard pervert theft", thought someone was stealing your undies.
Haha that would be hilarious.
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torontotim wrote: In 20 years I've never had anything go out of my yard or off my front porch.

But - we have had 2 bicycles stolen from the garage. Oddly the last one, they took the bike down off the hooks in the rafters, left another just as good MTB in the lane behind the garage, left the seat from my bike behind and took the bike.

Ignored piles of power tools, my tool cabinets etc. Would have been a challenge to get my bike down from where it was. This happened a few years back and nothing gone since, so they weren't 'casing' the place.

When we leave for extended periods I bar the side entry to the garage from the inside and the garage door opener keeps the door closed. No handles etc. on the exterior of the door but even if there was, it would be a challenge to open it.

If a thief wants your crap, they're going to get it. I don't bother with excessive deterrents. We have an alarm system, monitored primarily out of concern for fire.

If someone wants my stuff and they try hard enough to get it, they can have it. Not going to waste too much mental energy worrying about a few thousand dollars worth of made-in-China crap like a Weber BBQ or Costco furniture.
Lol, I bought one too.
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No one is wheeling my 300 lb Weber summit out of the backyard
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Put a cover over it. No one is going to look under it to see if it's a bbq worth stealing.

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