Monday, September 29, 2008

Garden flagstone theft.

The Manchester Evening News has reported the second garden theft in two days; this time from a cottage garden in Walkden, Salford. A gang of thieves, thought to be using a green van, raided the garden of Kerris Milligan, whilst she was out feeding her neighbour's cat. They stole 20 flagstones! For details on Garden Crime Prevention
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Gardener's Question Time

Sun 5 Oct, 14:00 - 14:45 on BBC Radio 4

Eric Robson chairs the popular horticultural forum.

Gardeners' Question Time panelists have been working with West Midlands Police to create a list of plants that can be used to reduce crime. Anne Swithinbank, Matthew Biggs and John Cushnie give details of the perfect plants to protect property.

You can gear yourself up for the programme by visiting our web page on this subject

Friday, September 26, 2008

Gardien Security News: Victims fight back!

Mum rallies street to fight crooks.
A MUM turned detective after thieves targeted her street. Ann Thornton took the law into her own hands after a group of men drove along in broad daylight and stole from about eight gardens.Unhappy with the police response, she visited 90 neighbours and made a list of stolen items before urging them to take a stand against crime.An antique water tub and a barbecue worth more than £500 were stolen from her garden in August. Thieves even took her garden gate.They also targeted neighbours and took a £200 exhaust pipe, a new cooker and a partially-built greenhouse. She reported the thefts to police, who had visited the street when another neighbour alerted them.But when police took two days to take her statement, she became frustrated and took things into her own hands.Ann, 53, spent hours visiting families around Kings Road, Rochdale, to catalogue stolen items. One neighbour, Betty Dalton, 77, told how she was intimidated by thieves after catching them in the act.Ann, a mum-of-two, then encouraged residents to tell of their concerns about increasing crime at an area meeting - in a speech met with rapturous applause. Ann, a charity employment adviser, said: "Three men spent 30 minutes driving down the street in a flat-bed lorry, just taking things from gardens. "My 15-year-old daughter was in and glued to the TV at the time. It's frightening to think what could've happened if she'd disturbed them."It's unbelievable they did this in broad daylight."The police should have come out to see me straight away".

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Gardien Theft Alert: Stolen Urns

A pair of 19th century stone garden urns stolen from Staffordshire garden early this month. The thieves left the bases behind. A reward is offered for information leading to the recovery of these items. If you have any information, please email
If you have been a victim of garden crime, please give details on our Victim Of Garden Crime Form

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Gardien in the blogsphere!

Hi - welcome to the Gardien blog. We're going to use it to spread free advice, news and other info about garden security, and reflect the latest content on our site Gardien for Garden Security.
The site was set up in response to the rising levels of garden crime we noticed being reported by our customers of our company English Garden Antiques, and without too much 'digging,' we uncovered a worrying trend in rising garden crime.
The Gardien site gives free advice on effective ways of preventing garden crime, information on retrieval of stolen property, and comprehensive advice on garden insurance, as well as a range of recommended garden security products available to buy on the site
So, that's about it for now - please check back with us for free advice on protecting your garden and its contents.