DENVER — Green thumbs, think twice. Those daises, geraniums and alliums might not be worth getting caught red handed.

Denver Parks and Recreation have motion detection cameras watching over flower beds.

There are about 100 versions of Law and Order on NBC but no Law and Order: Gardening edition, yet.

“We put the cameras up to act as a deterrent to let people know that we are watching, and to bring awareness to the community that this is a problem,” said Denver Parks and Rec Superintendent Adam Smith.

There are two cameras on East Seventh Avenue Parkway between Jackson and Garfield Streets. Well, there is only one camera now, more on that later in this article.

“In 2016, we lost 150 flowers out of this bed, alone,” said Smith. “It’s not extreme because it’s acted as a pretty successful deterrent. When people, who are trying to do something wrong, know that they are being watched, they tend to not to it anymore, so after installing the cameras, we had zero plant theft the next spring.”

9NEWS has covered flower theft before. In 2014, Colleen Ferreira reported on flower thefts from 11th Avenue and Monaco Parkway.

There are about 100 versions of Law and Order on NBC but no Law and Order: Gardening edition, yet.

Denver Parks and Rec told Next that her reporting helped lead to the idea of installing cameras.

“We think most of them get stolen just for personal use to put in their own containers or their own backyards,” said Smith. “It’s not only an expensive problem for plant replacements, but there’s a lot of labor that goes into the initial planting.”

Denver Parks and Rec estimates the thievery costs taxpayers thousands of dollars in flowers and

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