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Summertime garden theft blues cost £400

Opportunistic garden thieves stole an average of £400 of garden furniture from properties in the UK last year.With the sunny days of British summertime almost upon us, homeowners are being warned to protect their homes this year to prevent green-fingered thieved from spoiling their summer.According to Halifax, insurance claims for garden theft tripled between March and August last year, with items including tools, barbecues, bicycles and patio furniture high on the thieves' wish-list."Homeowners can forget to pay as much attention to security outside the house as they do inside," Halifax Home Insurance's senior manager of underwriting, Vicky Emmott said."With many people realising how much value they can add to their property by improving their gardens, there are now rich pickings for thieves, and now is the time to take steps to avoid becoming the next victim," she added.Stoke-on-Trent, Doncaster and Southampton were listed as the top three worst hit areas in the UK, with Wakefield, Nottingham and Newcastle not far behind.

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