Tips on keeping your garden safe

Garden furniture, equipment or gardening tools can be at greater risk of loss or damage at certain times of the year. Yet a few simple precautionary measures can help protect your garden against theft.

Don't leave the back door or gate 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.

Lock your garden shed

Use a secure garden shed to store valuable gardening equipment or furniture all year round. Home Insurance from John Lewis will cover your outbuildings (including sheds) against theft, as long as they are kept secure and locked.

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.

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.

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.

Garden Insurance

As standard, all of our Home Insurance policies provide financial protection against loss or damage to: 



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, fences, hedges, and lawns are not covered against damage caused by storm, flood or frost under our Home Insurance. Terms, conditions, limitations, exclusions and eligibility acceptance criteria apply.

Home Insurance from John Lewis provides cover for your home while you're away by offering cover against theft. Exclusions apply when a property has been unoccupied for more than 60 days.

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