Most people like their garden and like to keep it looking good. We like making the most of garden sunshine, too. So it’s no surprise that thefts of costly garden items have also been on the rise. Let’s see if we can help to reduce those green-fingered, light-fingered incidents with these hints and tips.
Garden lighting helps to keep your garden secure – halogen floodlights with a passive infrared sensor are best. Make sure you fit lights to key garden access points. Shed lights are a good idea, but make sure you don’t annoy your neighbours with a beam that intrudes too often into their vision.
Hedges, Boundaries and Fences
Walls, fences, hedges and boundaries can help prevent theft. But you might like to think about natural defences: sharp, defensive plants are a good deterrent if planted around sheds and access points. Light trellis can make it difficult to scale a wall, and gates should be as sturdy as your boundaries.
Driveways and Garden Paths
If you think about your path and driveway, it’s an early warning system in disguise. Use gravel: it’s simple, effective and noisy.
Garages and Sheds Garages and sheds are a haven for expensive tools, bikes and lawn mowers. Make sure your policy covers these items, but take good care to prevent theft as much as possible: fit a minimum of two bolts and one padlock. Lock windows, use wall anchors if you can, and extend your house alarm to cover all outside buildings if it’s possible. And – tempting though it is – don’t leave tools outside…
Ornaments, Tubs and Plants Garden plants, tubs and ornaments are some of the easiest garden contents to be stolen by thieves, but you can make it harder for them by securing as many pots and containers to the ground as you can – particularly if they contain specimen shrubs or trees. Shield the most valuable plants from the road, and think about dropping movement sensors into pot tops: a loud, unexpected noise will deter many people from ‘having a go’.
If you really love your garden, you might like to know that we offer Garden Cover as part of our complete Castle Cover home insurance.