Thieves target garden supplies

Gardening supplies and furniture are tempting targets for opportunistic thieves, according to Halifax Home Insurance.

David Rochester, head of underwriting for the financial services provider, explains that it is important for green-fingered consumers to take steps to protect any possessions they keep outdoors.

As such, the firm makes a number of recommendations on how to foil opportunistic burglars.

These include taking photos of valuable garden items, ensuring that garden sheds, greenhouses, garages and gates are locked at all times and putting bricks in tubs to make them harder for would-be robbers to carry.

Mr Rochester concludes: "Thieves typically look for include patio furniture, bicycles, garden ornaments and barbecues, so it is important to keep these items secured or locked away when not in use."

The advice echoes recent gardening security suggestions from financial services provider RIAS, which stated that more than a million garden thefts take place every year.