Lawnmowers and ladders targeted as garden crime rises by 25% when clocks go forward. Green-fingered homeowners are being warned to secure their sheds and garages as the long-awaited British Summertime also brings a spike in theft from the great outdoors.
Analysis of 10 years of claims data from Aviva reveals that thefts from gardens and outbuildings shoot up by over a quarter (25%)* when the clocks go forward with the average haul totalling around £850.
Children’s toys, bikes and garden tools – from the swankiest lawnmower to the basic rake – are the thieves favourite:
Garden equipment stolen each year on average:
- 42% of thefts involve power tools, like electric drills, planers and saws
- 39% involve tools like spades, shovels, rakes and forks
- 19% involve electric and petrol lawnmowers, chainsaws and ladders
Statistics show that thefts from outside the home start to increase as evenings get lighter at the beginning of March with a 10% increase compared to the dark nights of January. (more…)