Third of people affected by garden theft

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People are being asked to check their level of garden cover after a recent poll by rural insurer NFU Mutual revealed that 33 per cent of respondents have been the victim of garden theft.

NFU Mutual spokesperson Laura Wood said that the value of gardens is increasing as people splash out on garden furniture and state-of-the-art barbecues.

Garden contents are thought to typically be worth £2,000 and NFU Mutual has suggested that consumers should check their level of cover.

Ms Wood commented: "Although people review their home security, they often forget about sheds, stores and gardens. Many home insurance policies will cover garden thefts but if you have some particularly valuable items then you should probably specify them on your policy."

Britons spend around £4 billion a year on their gardens. In order to protect your garden goods NFU mutual advised people to fit motion security lights and keep sheds and gates locked.

Gardeners are also asked to secure items of value to immovable objects where possible, take photos of statues or tools and data-tag or mark them with your postcode to aid recovery. Identification kits can also serve as a deterrent to thieves as can prickly plants or bushes.

As summer beckons, experts expect a rise in garden crime. Last weekend (May 28th), a bronze statue worth thousands of pounds was stolen from a municipal park in Cornwall.

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