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18th January 2019

 

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Gnomes (like the ones in our new ads) have a lot in common with some other high value garden items.

According to a new study, four in ten homeowners have had items stolen from their garden including bikes, plant pots and the infamous garden gnomes.

As a plea to ask for more protection, garden gnomes were spotted outside City Hall, calling on people to do more to help secure their homes (and their gnomes).

We polled 2,000 adults and found that those who have been victims of theft have had at least three belongings stolen from their homes or gardens.

Other possessions that go missing from the nation’s front and backyards include garden tools, solar lights and outdoor furniture, along with internet orders left outside by delivery people.

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Further to this, it also emerged that one in ten people claim that they do not feel safe in their homes, with around six in ten worrying about their property when they are not in. More than a third believe that the risk of garden theft and damage has increased during the past decade, with almost half feeling it’s more important now to secure driveways and garden areas than ever before.

Despite home security concerns 62 per cent have not yet attempted to improve the protection of their property, with almost a quarter stating they ‘just haven’t gotten round to it’ while one in ten have simply been ‘too busy.’

According to the research it would seem we’re a nation that takes great pride in our gardens. As well as perfectly planted flowers and neatly mowed lawns, the garden gnome has been revealed as a key feature of Britain’s front and backyards.

In a bid to protect this, some 38 per cent have attempted to make the area outside their homes more secure, with 45 per cent of people having looked into purchasing a security camera for inside or outside their homes.

Tom Guy, our Global Product Director said: “Our research reveals a significant number of people have experienced theft or damage to possessions outside their home, with everything from bicycles to garden tools to plants being targeted. Sadly, even the much beloved gnome is under threat. With the arrival of smart security, such as our Hive View Outdoor, homeowners can now get greater peace of mind in knowing they can easily protect their property and be quickly alerted if their home, or their gnome, is getting any unwanted attention.”

TOP 10 – ITEMS STOLEN FROM UK GARDENS:

  1. Bicycles
  2. Plant pots
  3. Garden tools
  4. Plants/shrubs
  5. Garden gnomes and other garden ornaments
  6. Delivery packages
  7. Hanging baskets
  8. Children’s toys
  9. Outdoor furniture
  10. Solar lights

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