Garden theft

Is my garden a target for burglars?

As a nation we're investing more in our gardens. Brits store more than £1,000 worth of goods* in outdoor spaces - from hot tubs to tools in the shed. These items add up, but do you know if your expensive items are covered?

*How did we get this figure? All figures taken from omnibus research carried out by One Poll on behalf of Confused.com. This was an online poll of 2,000 UK adults who live in a property with a garden, garage, shed or outbuilding. The research was conducted between 17 February and 19 February 2021.
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Is my garden furniture covered on my home insurance?

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What are the garden theft rates in the UK?

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Select a region on the map to find out how much gets stolen

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What was stolen most from our gardens in 2020?

  Item Thefts reported
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1 Tools 42%
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2 Bikes 39%
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3 Plants 23%
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4 Home working equipment 23%
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5 Lawnmower 23%

The average value of items stolen was more than £350. Despite 53% of victims claiming, more than three in four had to pay out of their own pocket, an average £308, to help recover costs.

What did we buy for our garden during lockdown?

With a lot of us not travelling further than our sheds and garages last year, 40% of Brits have made changes to their garden. Two in five of us spent more than £200 on garden improvements

Top five items bought in 2020

  • flower in flowerpot1.
    Plants
  • paving stones4.
    Patio
  • bench2.
    Garden furniture
  • outdoor building5.
    Outdoor building renovation
  • barbecue3.
    Barbecue

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So how do I keep my garden secure?

Double check what you’re covered for on your home insurance policy. If you need a hand, our guide on how to secure and insure your shed or outbuildings can help.