|Homeowners Urged To Secure Gardens|
Springtime heralds lighter evenings and opportunistic thieves
After months of darkness and the iciest winter in years, Spring time heralds lighter evenings, but opportunistic thieves also anticipate this time of year.
Thefts from local gardens increase when the clocks go forward and Chiswick property owners are advised to secure gardens as the evenings get lighter.
The latest statistics show that thefts from gardens, sheds and garages, shoot up by 25% as British Summer Time (BST) begins. Bikes, lawnmowers, garden tools and children’s toys are all targeted by thieves with the average haul totalling around £900.
Here are some top garden security tips from OliverFinn's Christian Harper:
5. I would urge all homeowners to secure sheds etc. and tidy up after spending time in the garden so there’s nothing left lying around to tempt opportunist burglars.
Analysis of ten years of Aviva insurance claims shows thefts from outside the home start to increase with BST with a 10% increase compared to the dark nights of January.
Top ten items taken from gardens, sheds and garages in 2010.
1. Electric drills – mainly Black and Decker models
Claims continue to increase as the days get longer and lighter until they reach their peak in July and August at almost 50% higher than in January.
May 4, 2011