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Now that we are in the prime gardening and landscaping season, you have probably started mowing more frequently, the bushes have begun to fill in, and have made some new additions to your landscape or tools.

As you primp and prune, you’ll also want to consider how to protect your lawn equipment from theft. That’s because equipment like lawn mowers and attractive lawn ornaments are prime targets for thieves.

Not quite sure how to protect your stuff? Then follow these tips to protect lawn equipment from theft.

  1. Keep an eye on things. Theft is often a crime of opportunity. So make sure to never leave your lawn equipment—or any keys or remote starters—out in clear view when you’re not around. 


  2. Secure your equipment with chains and padlocks. Options are available for everything from lawn mowers to leaf blowers to chain saws.


  3. Choose heavier lawn ornaments. They are harder to steal than something light. Another option is to bolt an ornament onto a heavy piece of wood.


  4. Consider installing motion-activated lights around your property. Light is a major deterrent for thieves. A fence and a security camera can also help keep thieves off your property.


  5. Consider GPS tracking devices. This is a good option for larger, more expensive pieces of lawn equipment like a riding lawn mower. A tracking device will let you monitor the location of stolen equipment.


  6. Identify your equipment. Etching your name and contact information into your equipment makes thieves less likely to target your equipment since they can’t sell it as easily.


  7. Register your equipment. Have the seller note your item’s serial number. You can also register your equipment online or by postal mail later on.


With all luck, these tips should help you protect lawn equipment from theft. But sometimes theft still happens despite your best efforts. That’s why it’s important to have a homeowners insurance policy with coverage for lawn equipment and more. Learn more about homeowners insurance—and get a free quote—by talking with a Sparks Insurance agent today.


SOURCE - Erie Insurance - How to Protect Lawn Equipment from Theft
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