Monthly Archives: March 2011

  1. British Summer Time brings garden thieves out of hibernation

    British Summer Time (BST) officially starts this Sunday, March 27th at 1.00 am GMT when the clocks ‘spring’ forward to 2.00 am BST. We lose one hours sleep but we get more daylight in return. An exchange I’ll happily accept.

    The longer days, coupled with the fantastic weather we’ve had recently, mean that many of us will be out and about in our gardens in greater numbers. Unfortunately, so too will the thieves - at least according to claims-data recently released by insurance group Aviva.

    Aviva’s claims-statistics for the past 10-years show that after British Summer Time begins, thefts from gardens, garden sheds and garages increase rapidly by 25%. Apparently garden theft slowly increases from the beginning of March and peaks in July/August at which point it is almost 50% higher compared to January.

    Typical targets are the usual items we all sometimes leave unsecured in our gardens: garden tools, bicycles, lawnmowers, even our ki

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  2. 5 tips to keep your bicycle secure

    Here's a conversation I overheard recently: “It’s a Dawes Geneva” she announced proudly to her friend at the school gates. There was no doubt that it was a fine looking cycle. "It's fully-loaded too with a wicker basket, panniers and a tail rack. What? Oh! About £700.” she added in response to her friend’s quizzical look.

    This is a common discussion this time of year; school mums, dad’s and office workers upgrading their city hybrids after several winters-worth of riding have abused their old ones.

    The more sportier amongst us might start thinking about a new carbon-framed road bike with maybe a Shimano 105 group set (or Campagnolo if you’re of the Italian persuasion) for the long summer rides ahead - north of £1,500 will get you one of those beauties.

    So bikes are not cheap - at least not the ones we all seem to be aspiring to these days – and with their growing popularity as part of our fitness and

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