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Halifax reveals garden thieves at work in north of England

19 April 2005
The north of England is the worst-hit place for garden crime according to new figures released by Halifax General Insurance.

The insurer's garden crime hotspots league table reveals that there is a one in ten chance of homeowners seeing items stolen from their garden - the equivalent of two million households across the UK - but that the northern city of Leeds is the top hotspot for garden thieves.

According to the league table, Leeds saw the highest number of claims for garden crime last year, reaching 179. It was followed by Doncaster and York with 156 and 138 respectively.

Indeed, all the cities in the top ten were northern, with Nottingham, at number eight, the furthest south.

However, the southern towns of High Wycombe and Cambridge saw the highest average loss, with highest average claims exceeding £1,200.

"Our data shows that items that are left in the garden and are not secured are rich pickings for thieves," said David Norton, head of marketing at Halifax General Insurance.

"This is especially true in the summer months when the garden is used to its full potential. It's all too easy to leave items out when it's a natural extension of your home, but vigilance and security is essential to avoid suffering a loss."

The insurer advises garden-lovers to invest in a sturdy garden gate and ensure that valuable items are not on display in greenhouses and conservatories.

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