There seems to be a new type of crime hitting the gardens of Britain. UK) 2 August 2012
Our gardens are often a sanctuary of colour and calm, and the result of sweat, toil and no small expense. TH>N Home Insurance, found that from Kent to Cumbria, Brits are seeing their hanging baskets swiped, flower-beds uprooted, towering topiaries replaced by damp outlines and voids left where precious plants once stood proud. What’s more, according to almost a quarter of those surveyed (23 per cent) it’s a problem that’s getting worse every year.
From stunning rose standards to beautiful bay trees, gardens are rich-pickings for burglars in the know, who are taking £72.21 worth of horticultural hauls with each raid – proving that money does grow on trees.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, it is the front of the house that is most often targeted, with 70 per cent of respondents claiming to have had pot plants and trees swiped from right outside their front doors...TH>N: “As we’ve seen from recent incidents of lead being stolen from roofs, thieves are casting their nets ever wider in the search for objects to steal. And as this research unfortunately shows, garden plants and trees are now firmly on the list.
“Cultivating a beautiful garden is by no means a cheap endeavour, with many items, such as Bay trees, commanding price tags of £60 or more. The simplest deterrent is to mark all of your plants with your postcode...Make their support fixing secure and difficult to undo by using wire, small bolts or even an unobtrusive lock and chain. When it comes to securing plants, a weatherproof bicycle lock attached to the containers will make life difficult for any thief. Create bigger holes for your plants and carefully place layers of plastic netting within the roots as you plant them. Large, heavy containers are more difficult to steal than smaller ones. Thorny and prickly plants are harder to remove and can act as a barrier to other plants. A photo of a specimen or even of bedding will aid both identification and the claim.
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