For many of us, our garden provides peace and tranquility from everyday life and, as such, we’re tending to invest more money and time into it. Sadly, given the value in our gardens, theft is a common risk. Taking some steps to help protect your garden now can save you making a claim on your household insurance in the future.
Protecting your boundary
The first line of defence against theft is to stop the intruder getting into your garden in the first place. Make sure your fences and gates are secure. Growing thorny climbers and having high hedges acts as a good deterrent. Gravel driveways and paths make it impossible for someone to creep up quietly and CCTV and security lighting will put most off.
Protecting your plants
Unfortunately, newly planted trees, shrubs and lawns are attractive and therefore stolen on a regular basis. However, there are several measures you can take to reduce your chances of theft:
- Remove the plant labels
- Clean up recently disturbed soil from the planting areas
- Consider using plant anchors
- Thread a heavy gauge galvanised steel wire through any hanging baskets, the supporting chains and onto the bracket. Better still, purchase purpose-made security baskets.
Protecting your garden tools
You should consider storing garden tools and ladders out of sight and locking any outbuildings such as sheds and storage boxes. Not only can these be stolen for their value, they can also help aid access to your home. Marking high value items with security DNA coding is also a good idea. For example, Selectamark offers a specific garden kit: https://www.selectamark.co.uk
Protecting statuary & sculptures
Some of these items are extremely costly and can even be family heirlooms with a sentimental attachment. Consider some of the following measures to prevent them from being stolen:
- When buying a new statue or sculpture, only buy from reputable companies and ask the sellers to keep the information about the sale confidential
- If you are intending to place the item at the front of your home, place it in clear view of the house or a main road so that attempts to steal it may be seen
- Consider placing the item in a place which would make theft difficult, for example in the centre of a pond
- Have experts permanently secure the item onto a purpose-made concrete foundation block
- Consider the use of a plant anchor for smaller sculptures
- Use proper identification, for example marking, tagging and tracking
Ensuring you do all you can to protect your garden from thieves will mean that it can be enjoyed not only by yourself, but by future generations in the years to come.