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Old 06.05.2008, 17:34
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Has anyone else been a victim of Swiss garden theft? About two hours ago, I suddenly noticed that a very large garden pot had disappeared from my clearly too accessible garden/patio. In the grand scheme of thieving, this may not sound much, but the pot was beautiful. It was hand made and contained an agapanthus, which makes me think the thief knew what he/she was doing (ie, not kids).

A pathway runs past the garden, used by my neighbours, and anyone walking along can clearly see what's there, so it seems probable that the thief lives nearby. At first I was very upset, now I am furiously angry. In my temper, I marched around looking at my neighbours' gardens on the slight chance that I might spot it. Of course, I didn't.

I am very tempted to report it to the police, but it sounds so minor that I'm afraid they would just laugh.
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Old 06.05.2008, 17:37
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Re: Garden theft

That is terrible, i am so sorry for you i have never heard of anything like this before happening here in Switzerland. I hope you find your pot, and get it back. We have some nice things in our garden, but thank god nothing as been stolen.

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Old 06.05.2008, 17:43
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Re: Garden theft

Whereabouts in Lucerne are you and are you sure it went today? I live in the LU countryside and we have what they call "Maibuben". On the night of 30th April the Maibuben (or May boys, if you prefer) go around the village and "steal" anything that is not tied down (and some things which are). If anything goes missing that night, one need only wander down to the roundabout and it will all be piled up there. It's a tradition in this part of the country. It's not meant as malicious but can be annoying. Our neighbours had to push their two steel refuse containers halfway across the village and last year they managed to get some kind of farm machine there!! Find out if you have this tradition there and if so your pot may be at whatever "presentation window" your village has! Hope this helps!
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Old 06.05.2008, 17:44
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Re: Garden theft

Those things are heavy when filled with soil. How on earth did anyone lift it and carry it away without anyone noticing? Perhaps you could ask the neighbours if they, too, have lost anything like this, or saw anyone carrying a plant in a pot.
Makes you reluctant to put attractive things in the garden though and I feel very sorry for you.
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Meanwhile, the public has been asked to be on the look-out for a prowler has been reported combing the gardens of Lucerne. She was described by witnesses as "kinda funny-looking".

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Whereabouts in Lucerne are you and are you sure it went today? I live in the LU countryside and we have what they call "Maibuben". On the night of 30th April the Maibuben (or May boys, if you prefer) go around the village and "steal" anything that is not tied down (and some things which are). If anything goes missing that night, one need only wander down to the roundabout and it will all be piled up there. It's a tradition in this part of the country. It's not meant as malicious but can be annoying. Our neighbours had to push their two steel refuse containers halfway across the village and last year they managed to get some kind of farm machine there!! Find out if you have this tradition there and if so your pot may be at whatever "presentation window" your village has! Hope this helps!
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Old 06.05.2008, 18:06
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I am very tempted to report it to the police, but it sounds so minor that I'm afraid they would just laugh.
You should report it, large garden pots and plants are not cheap to replace!
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Old 06.05.2008, 18:06
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Thanks for all replies.

I live in Luzern itself. It definitely disappeared between 9pm last night (when I watered it) and lunchtime today.

Yes, it is heavy, so I think it probably went during the night, which suggests a degree of planning. I have asked one neighbour who was around this morning, but she didn't see anything. What makes it worse is that all my neighbours are very friendly and I don't like to think that any of them pinched it.
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Meanwhile, the public has been asked to be on the look-out for a prowler has been reported combing the gardens of Lucerne. She was described by witnesses as "kinda funny-looking".

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That made me chuckle. Yes, I was afraid I might be arrested for loitering with intent.
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...happened here too..... got our 2nd green wheelie bin stolen,the day of the emptying by the council, they come at 7.30ish to empty the green bins, at 8am i go out to put it away,and it's gone.... I was like you prowling neighbours gardens to see who nicked it,but to no avail.

I know of at least two friends who had a similar experience to you, where stuff was stolen from their gardens.

Police will not necessarily laugh at you as you fear,but comsidering that the excess of the insurance is 200.- for me at least it didn't pay to go and do all the fuss with an 'Anzeige'
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Re: Garden theft

I had a small blue step stool stolen out of the front yard, a bit easier to walk off with than a large pot.

I don t see anything wrong with asking your neighbors if they saw anything or have had things like this happen before. Who knows who is watching, news of this theft might motivate people to keep an eye out.

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Old 07.05.2008, 09:12
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...happened here too..... got our 2nd green wheelie bin stolen,the day of the emptying by the council, they come at 7.30ish to empty the green bins, at 8am i go out to put it away,and it's gone.... I was like you prowling neighbours gardens to see who nicked it,but to no avail.

I know of at least two friends who had a similar experience to you, where stuff was stolen from their gardens.

Police will not necessarily laugh at you as you fear,but comsidering that the excess of the insurance is 200.- for me at least it didn't pay to go and do all the fuss with an 'Anzeige'
I am going off to report it this morning. I think the pot cost about 150 (it was a present) but my excess is also CH200, so it's not worth the trouble.

I spoke to some of my neighbours last night and stuff has been stolen before (eg, bikes), but as far as I know not garden pots. Anyway, at least they all know and, as darkphoenix says, will maybe keep an eye out.

I now look suspiciously at everybody that walks past.
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Re: Garden theft

If you add the Agapanthus though, it might be more right? They sound expensive.

I had stuff stolen from our garden in a small village, garden tools of all things! Who is so petty that they have to steal my trowels !
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I cannot believe what i am reading, i have never heard of peoples things being stolen out of there garden it is disgusting. I was going to buy one of those big bird art models for the garden they cost just over 1000frcs, but i am having second thoughts now after reading about people having things stolen. So thanks for the warning.
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On the night of 30th April the Maibuben (or May boys, if you prefer) go around the village and "steal" anything that is not tied down (and some things which are).
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I am going off to report it this morning.
It would be funny if it turns out it's only the Maibuben. They normally deposit the loot in front of the schoolhouse, no? But don't let us stop you from reporting. I'd hate to spoil your Swiss experience.
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Re: Garden theft

We haven't had any "objects" taken out of our yard, but we have had plants taken from the ground! We have iris's that border part of the yard close to the sidewalk. One evening a bus driver decided to help himself to our iris's by reaching over the fence and pulling 3 or 4 plants out, roots and all! At the time, I was still not speaking the language and didn't know what to say. I was just so shocked to witness this event I was at a loss for words.

Plus, we have calla lilies and roses close to the sidewalk also. People just love to reach over and break them off to take home. Some people have even showed up with scissors. We have caught people in the act and they actually get mad at us!!!

So now, we have moved all flowers and plants away from the reach of outsiders. We are planting large bushes along all fences. We will be planting all flowers on the inside of our yard.

Is it a custom in Switzerland to cut flowers from yards?
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It would be funny if it turns out it's only the Maibuben. They normally deposit the loot in front of the schoolhouse, no? But don't let us stop you from reporting. I'd hate to spoil your Swiss experience.
If you'd read the earlier post, you'd have known it happened Monday night/Tuesday morning, so no, it wasn't "only the Maibuben".

Thanks for your helpful comments, though.
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If you add the Agapanthus though, it might be more right? They sound expensive.

I had stuff stolen from our garden in a small village, garden tools of all things! Who is so petty that they have to steal my trowels !
Yes, that's what the nice policeman said, so it's been bumped up to nearer CH400 and I will make an insurance claim.

As to who steals these things, probably someone who thinks it a "funny" thing to do.
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Is it a custom in Switzerland to cut flowers from yards?
I have had people cut flowers back even the limbs of trees that were hanging over into their yards. Whether it is legal or not. . . I don t know.

My advice, get to know your neighbours. Be kind and helpful when possible and when such things come up ie: Your tree is shading my roses etc. then they are more likely to come and talk to you about it as opposed to just doing it. You then also have some relationship with them, so if they cut something you can express your displeasure in a more constructive way.

In the case of the irises it could have been theft. You can take clippings of plants or plants themselves and replant them at home (lots of plants in one sentence). It saves you the time and expense of running to the store. You would be surprised.
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We have a say in my country (Egypt) :
That if you leave your money without look ,you teach people to steel.
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Re: Garden theft

I can't believe that people would literally come with scissors and cut your plants!!

I live on the 4th floor, so no one can steal our plants, but this is an eye opener for me and I will not be leaving any of our items outside in the garden!

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We haven't had any "objects" taken out of our yard, but we have had plants taken from the ground! We have iris's that border part of the yard close to the sidewalk. One evening a bus driver decided to help himself to our iris's by reaching over the fence and pulling 3 or 4 plants out, roots and all! At the time, I was still not speaking the language and didn't know what to say. I was just so shocked to witness this event I was at a loss for words.

Plus, we have calla lilies and roses close to the sidewalk also. People just love to reach over and break them off to take home. Some people have even showed up with scissors. We have caught people in the act and they actually get mad at us!!!

So now, we have moved all flowers and plants away from the reach of outsiders. We are planting large bushes along all fences. We will be planting all flowers on the inside of our yard.

Is it a custom in Switzerland to cut flowers from yards?
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