Tools and work materials are the most commonly stolen items in garage and shed burglaries

A new study from comparethemarket.com has revealed that one in four garages (27%) have been broken into, along with 16% of UK sheds.

Tools, garden furniture, miscellaneous items and bicycle/bicycle parts are the items most commonly stolen from these ‘non-connected buildings’.

Almost 20% of thefts from non-connected buildings involve over £1,000 worth of items being stolen.

  • One in four garage owners in the UK have experienced a burglary, according to comparethemarket.com

  • Almost one in five burglaries of non-connected buildings resulted in over £1,000 worth of items being stolen between April 2019 and March 2020

  • Garage and shed burglaries are most likely to happen on weekdays between midnight and 6am

Value of contents kept in sheds and garages across the UK

Under £1,000

£1,000 – £5,000

£5,000 – £10,000

£10,000 – £15,000

Above £15,000

Garage

33%

36%

18%

5%

8%

Shed

61%

29%

6%

2%

2%

Non-connected buildings are most likely to be burgled on weekdays between midnight and 6am

Burglary figures from the past 10 years reveal the most common time to be burgled is on a weekday (68%) between midnight and 6am (41%).

Tools and work materials are the most commonly stolen items in non-connected building burglaries 

Tools and work materials are revealed as the most commonly stolen items in non-connected building burglaries (39%). In second place, garden furniture was stolen in 31% of burglaries, while miscellaneous items and bicycle/bicycle parts take third place, being stolen in 12% of burglaries.

The top five most stolen items 

Rank

Item

Percentage of incidents where item is stolen

1

Tools and work materials

39%

2

Garden furniture

31%

3

Miscellaneous items and bicycles / bicycle parts

12%

4

Sports equipment

10%

5

Food/toiletries/cigarettes

7%

19% of garage owners and 24% of shed owners admit to not taking security measures to prevent burglary, potentially invalidating any insurance.

The most commonly used measures to deter theft include additional locks (49% shed /40% garage), automatic lighting (24%/29%), alarms (19%) for garages and CCTV (15%) for sheds. However, comparethemarket.com reveals that 18% of people don’t have the right level of home insurance to cover their garages and sheds and 29% of those with insurance don’t know how much they’re covered for.

Chris King, head of home insurance at Comparethemarket.com explained: “It’s important to be aware of exactly what’s covered by your home insurance policy when it comes to non-connected buildings as not all provide cover theses buildings as standard”

​​For the full research on non-connected building burglary trends and expert advice on how to prevent your buildings from being burgled, see the full study here https://www.comparethemarket.com/home-insurance/content/garage-and-shed-burglaries/

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