What’s your garden worth?
April 28, 2014
Green-fingered homeowners are being warned to secure their sheds and garages in time for summer, when statistics show outdoor burglaries increase by up to 40%!
A recent survey by MoneySupermarket has shown items in a typical garden, such as furniture, barbecues, lawnmowers, plants and shrubs, total a staggering £1,500, with the average cost a burglary weighing in at a hefty £850.
5 top shed burglar-busting tips
• Don’t tempt the thieves, make sure you put away all your garden tools, children’s toys and bikes at the end of the day
• Lock your sheds and outbuildings with weather proof padlocks and, for added security, secure valuable items with anchor locks and cables inside a shed
• Invest in a shed alarm: if you’re a keen gardener they offer peace of mind while you are away, protecting high value gardening tools.
• Close gates and repair damaged fences, a property that looks difficult to get into is less likely to be targeted
• Lock up ladders and secure wheelie bins – they are perfect for giving burglars a leg up into the rest of your home!
Remember, if you’ve got valuables stored outside it’s essential to keep them secured. You wouldn’t dream of leaving an empty house unlocked with all your valuables on display, so why should your garden be any different.