M&S Money survey shows householders gardens at risk
on: April 9, 2009, 2:41 am
Money survey finds two-thirds of householders have failed to check
if their plants, bushes, trees and shrubs are covered by insurance,
despite the fact that the average garden contains £721 worth
householders head into the garden this spring, the survey from
insurance provider M&S Money reveals that many people
have been targeted by green-fingered criminals.
Home Insurance survey found that 17% of people with a garden
know someone who has had plants, bushes, trees or shrubs stolen
from their garden. The problem is particularly serious in northern
England, where almost a quarter (24%) of adults with a garden
knows someone who has had greenery stolen.
are also a favourite target of vandals - 10% of people have had
plants, bushes, trees or shrubs in their garden maliciously damaged.
Gardens in Wales are most likely to be targeted by vandals, with
17% of Welsh respondents reporting they have had plants damaged.
the apparent extent of the problem, 67% of people have not checked
whether their plants are covered by home insurance.
Roberts, M&S Insurance Manager, said: "Householders often
spend thousands of pounds securing their home to protect their
family and property. However, despite the huge amount of time
and money invested in many gardens, security levels are often
very poor, making them an attractive target for thieves and vandals.
can take simple steps to reduce the risk of becoming a garden
crime victim. It is also wise to check whether your home insurance
policy provides cover for property in the garden."
M&S home insurance policy covers for loss or damage to plants,
bushes, shrubs and trees in the garden.
Notes to Editors
All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total
sample size was 1971 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between
18th - 20th March 2009. The survey was carried out online. The
figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults
M&S Money (the trading name of Marks & Spencer Financial
Services) was founded in 1985 as the financial services division
of Marks and Spencer Group plc. The company is now a top ten credit
card provider and the second largest travel money retailer in
the UK. M&S Money also offers a range of insurance cover,
insurance, home insurance, pet
insurance and car insurance, as well as loans, savings and
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