Things You'll Need
Wire and snips
Drill and bits for wood, metal, concrete or other materials (optional)
Concrete mix and bucket (optional)
Chain is sold by the foot in hardware and home stores. Buy a length of chain that is double the distance between the ornament and the object to which you will secure it so you can loop it from the object to the ornament.
Inexpensive but effective padlocks can be purchased at home, hardware or even dollar stores for lightweight ornaments.
Coated cable bicycle locks or dog tie outs are also useful to secure larger lawn ornaments. Bicycle locks will come with a locking mechanism. Get a padlock for the dog tie out.
Thieves who really want something, again, will find a way to take it. But these measures may help deter the impulsive thieves who think grabbing one of your ornaments will be a piece of cake. It won’t. These methods may also slow down thieves long enough for them to be noticed or deterred.
Lawn decorations can turn a ho-hum yard into an artistic wonderland, for the holidays or every day. But the decor is also a prime target for thieves. While any thief who wants something bad enough is going to find a way to take it, you can use some deterrents to secure lawn decorations from being stolen.
Secure lights with lightweight wire. Wrap lights as you normally would around bushes, trees and other structures. Cut several pieces of wire about 3 inches long. Use the wire pieces to secure the light string to the branches, fence slats or whatever else they are draped on. Twist the ends of the wire to secure the loop and squeeze with pliers.
Secure hanging decorations with wire or lightweight chains. Loop a piece of lightweight chain or heavy gauge wire around the ornament's hanger. Hang as you normally would, snaking the chain or wire from the hanger to the object on which you are hanging it, such as a thick branch or fence post. Drill holes in wooden or lightweight metal ornaments to pass the wire or chain through if you wish to secure the body of the ornaments rather than the hangers.
Hook larger ornaments to trees and nearby structures. Loop chains from openings in the ornament or its base to a nearby secure object. Attach a padlock through the end links of the chain to lock the chain in place. Position your lawn decorations so they are near big trees or shrubbery that is tough to cut, fences, porch railings, light posts or other secure objects.
Make concrete bases. Weigh down larger ornaments with a concrete base. Prepare ready-mix concrete in a bucket large enough to accommodate the base of the ornament. Stick a lower portion of the ornament into the concrete before it dries. Pack the concrete firmly around the base and allow it to dry. Paint the bucket and concrete to match the ornament, or hide it behind shrubbery or other decorative items. Add more security by drilling holes near the bottom of the bucket before pouring in the concrete and then snaking a chain through the holes after you've poured in concrete but before it dries.
Ryn Gargulinski is a writer, artist and performer whose journalism career began in 1991. Credits include two illustrated books, "Bony Yoga" and "Rats Incredible"; fitness, animal, crime, general news and features for various publications; and several awards. She holds a Master of Arts in English literature and folklore and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in creative writing with a French minor from Brooklyn College.