I am growing jalapeno, cherry bomb, and red peppers in pots in my urban backyard.

Some kind of raccoon or other city dwelling creature is clawing up my plants and eating the peppers.

Any suggestions on how to discourage them from my plants?

It's a shared backyard with children so... dangerous traps or poison aren't an options... not that I'd want to go that route anyway.

Thanks for your suggestions! :)