Home Owners Should Take Effective Measures To Prevent Garden Theft, Says Ratedpeople.com

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As the heat wave starts and the patio furniture and BBQs appear from the shed, Ratedpeople.com, the UK's largest match making service for home improvers and recommended tradesmen, is encouraging home owners to take effective measures to prevent garden theft this summer.

There are many precautions that can be taken to ensure that gardens are secure this summer, such as installing good garden security lighting but it is equally important that home owners make sure that their home insurance covers their gardens as with some policies this is not the case and if the worst happens, they are not covered.

As the heat wave starts and the patio furniture and BBQs appear from the shed, Ratedpeople.com, the UK's largest match making service for home improvers and recommended tradesmen, is encouraging home owners to take effective measures to prevent garden theft this summer.

Recent research has revealed that 24.2 per cent of British home owners have fallen victim to outdoor theft and with the average garden containing £1,040 worth of outdoor furniture, garden tools, children's play equipment and BBQs, it's certainly worth home owners increasing the security of their gardens -- and there are many ways in which this can be done.

Keeping boundary hedges in good order and even planting thorn bushes and prickly plants around the edge of the garden are simple but effective deterrents to potential thieves. A further tip is to ensure that all fences and garden gates are secure and have not deteriorated over the winter period -- if they have, home owners should consider employing tradesmen to rectify the problem.

Garden theft increased by 63 per cent during the summer months in 2008 with London seeing the highest volume of claims for stolen garden tools and, it is predicted that this figure will be replicated this year.

Ottokar Rosenberger, Sales and Marketing Director of Ratedpeople.com, commented: "There are many precautions that can be taken to ensure that gardens are secure this summer, such as installing good garden security lighting but it is equally important that home owners make sure that their home insurance covers their gardens as with some policies this is not the case and if the worst happens, they are not covered."

Whether seeking anything from recommended carpenters, local plumbers through to garden designers, Ratedpeople.com can assist home owners who are looking for tradesmen recommended by others; the site covers 25 different trades all across the UK.

Every month, Ratedpeople.com manages over £30m in home improvement projects and more than 1,000 tradesmen sign up, making it the UK's largest match making service for home improvers and recommended tradesmen. The site has more than 55,000 ratings to date and its system ensures that tradesmen are only rated by the customers who find them through the site. The result is one of the fairest and most robust rating systems on the net.

For further information on how to source a recommended tradesperson in your area, visit Ratedpeople.com.

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