No referendum talk today - garden thieves are the problem

Enough of the EU referendum for now. Let’s focus on garden thieves and how to reduce risk. Recent research has revealed that more than 2.5 million households in the UK have been the victim of green fingered thieves in their gardens at least once.

Nowadays, it’s not just a few stems of your prized roses that may be lifted from your garden, digging up entire garden plants, such as shrubs, trees, hanging baskets and even turf top the list of most sought after items, as a quarter of households admit to having these stolen,

With people investing more time and money in their outdoor spaces, it’s not surprising to see that since 2011 the average cost associated with a garden theft has risen by almost half. According to claims data the average total claim now stands at £208, putting a total of £517m worth of garden items at risk.

Despite this, over three quarters of adults didn’t claim for the items on their home insurance, whilst 5% had no home insurance in place. Over a quarter of renters admit to neglecting the security of the garden in their homes, by having no security measures in place at all, in comparison to 18% of homeowners.

As summer approaches, now is the perfect time to spruce up your garden and clean off the outdoor furniture ready for enjoying the sun. However, relaxing days shouldn’t lead to lax security. Nowadays, the garden is increasingly becoming an extension of the home. As people expand their living space outdoors, they are undoubtedly spending more on their gardens however many probably don’t consider just how much they are spending.

Some useful tips: - Check your insurance cover:  Don’t advertise to thieves: Remove climbable items such as ladders:  Lock up your valuables: Take professional advice.

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Research and main source: - Co operative Insurance