This NPR story sets the stage for my own dilemma. I have a postage-stamp sized front garden out front of my Brooklyn brownstone house. Twice now this spring/summer, we have been robbed of ferns and large hostas. Somebody just pulls them out in the middle of the night.
So here is my choice. I do not need to plant that space with anything "tempting." I can leave it with nothing (mulch) or just cover it with vinca or pachysandra.
Or I can replace the hostas, or shrubs, and I can wrap them with razor wire/barbed wire and chaining them to the crabapple tree -- nastiness buried under mulch until the next thief puts his/her hands around what he/she intends to steal.
My choice is this. Less beauty for myself and neighbors. Or reasserting the beauty but underlying/supporting it with chains and razor wire.
Even small life decisions have nasty and painful dilemmas.