Home insurance Updated:
Homeowners have been told to check their home insurance policies, as the season for green fingered garden thieves draws near.
With the clocks going forward this weekend, British Summertime officially begins.
Yet with the lighter evenings and warmer weather comes an increased risk of gardens being burgled.
Theft from gardens increased by 58% during the summer months compared with the winter months last year, Halifax has revealed, with the average cost of replacing stolen items amounting to £429.
As a consequence, homeowners have been urged to check their home insurance policies to make sure they are covered should they become a victim of garden theft.
"Homeowners can forget to pay as much attention to security of the outside of the home," said senior claims manager for Halifax Home Insurance, Martyn Foulds.
"But with many people realising how much value they can add to their property by improving their gardens, there are rich pickings for thieves."
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