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Sainsbury's Bank warns against 'green fingered' thieves

17 May 2005
As summer approaches, and with it the possibility of at least one or two fine days and evenings, Sainsbury's Bank Home Insurance is warning homeowners about 'green fingered' thieves.

The insurer's research has revealed an upturn in the number of gardens falling prey to thieves, with some 92,000 homes having belongings worth more than £1,000 stolen.

Sainsbury's Bank also found that 1.25 million people in the UK plan to spend at least that amount to improving their gardens this summer, so it really does pay to ensure your home and contents insurance is up to date.

"People are not only taking greater pride in their gardens, they also realise the value they can add to their homes. This means that many people are spending thousands of pounds on improving their gardens," said Robert O'May, home insurance manager at Sainsbury's Bank.

"Sadly, it's sometimes not just a few plants or garden chairs that are stolen - victims can literally have thousands of pounds stolen from their gardens. Indeed, an entire lawn was recently reported stolen, as was a six foot by four foot pond with the 17 fish it contained."

Sainsbury's Bank home insurance cover provides up to £2000 for items in garages or outbuildings. It also pays up to £500 towards replacing contents kept in the open, be it furniture, equipment, decorative ornaments or plants.

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