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Secure your garden


Summertime is best spent in the garden, enjoying the warm weather and longer evenings. However your garden furniture, equipment or gardening tools are at a greater risk of loss or damage at this time. Yet home insurance and a few simple precautionary measures can help protect your garden against theft this season.

Here are our top tips to secure your garden:

1. Cover your garden furniture

Keep expensive garden furniture covered when not in use, as this can deter garden thieves. It will also protect the furniture against damage; this is especially useful when wear and tear is not included in your insurance policy.

2. Don’t leave valuables unattended

It’s tempting to leave your valuables in the garden while you pop inside for lunch or to answer the phone – but opportunist thieves may use this moment to their advantage. Take all valuables inside, or hide them from view when you’re not in the garden.

3. Don’t leave the back door open

A quick and convenient lock is essential to secure your back door or garden door. As everyone dashes in and out of the garden, it’s important to keep your house secure at the same time.

4. Lock your garden shed

Use a secure garden shed to store valuable gardening equipment or furniture during summer and in the winter months. John Lewis Home Insurance will protect your outbuildings against theft, as long as they are kept secure and locked.

5. Secure ornaments and expensive garden equipment

You can secure a water feature or statue, for example, using some discreet wire or setting it with concrete. This will deter thieves from making off with these valuable items from your garden.

How John Lewis Home Insurance can help?

Our optional Garden Cover offers financial protection against loss or damage to plants, trees and contents in the open. This includes:

  • Garden tools, equipment, furniture and barbecues
  • Bird tables
  • Ornaments (including statues, urns and gnomes)
  • Garden pots and greenhouse accessories
  • Paddling pools and sandpits

Garden plants are also covered, including shrubs, trees, rockeries, bushes and vegetables. Please note that garden shrubs, plants, hedges, and lawns are not covered against damage caused by storm, flood or frost under our Home Insurance.

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