New research from M&S Bank reveals that nearly a quarter of people with a garden shed admit to leaving it unlocked, with more than one in ten saying they never secure it, despite the contents of a typical shed being valued at more than £570
Nearly a fifth of respondents revealed that their shed contained more than £1,000 worth of gardening goods and equipment.
More than a quarter of shed owners say either they and/or someone they know has fallen victim to theft or damage to items stored in their shed; rising to 36 per cent for those in the North. Nearly half said items stored in their shed either weren’t covered by their home insurance, or they didn’t know/hadn’t checked their current policy to see if they were covered.
It isn’t just sheds that are targeted by thieves or vandals; more than one in ten say either they and/or someone they know, has had their garden greenery damaged or stolen.
Despite the average garden containing £419 worth of plants, bushes, trees and shrubs, it’s perhaps surprising that two thirds of garden owners didn’t know or haven’t checked whether their garden is insured.
In addition, 23 per cent of those with a garden estimate that they typically spend between two and four hours per week on its up-keep during the spring and summer months (March to August). One in ten spend upwards of ten hours per week maintaining their garden during this period.
A spokesman for M&S Bank, said: “The value of items in the garden, whether it’s in the shed or the garden itself, is often more than people realise and can very quickly mount up. The time that many invest in the up-keep and maintenance of their garden can also be extremely
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