Stealing trees, shrubs, plants and lawns may well sound like a ridiculous crime, but you could find yourself facing a very expensive trip to the garden centre to replace your stolen greenery.
Check what the current prices would be to replace each item like-for-like, where possible, but expect to pay around*:
If a thief thinks your grass is greener, you may find yourself having to returf your lawn. The turf alone could cost over £1,000 for an area the size of Centre Court at Wimbledon (260.76m2).
If you have an ornamental cherry tree or a silver birch in your back yard, replacing either with a tree of less than two metres could set you back around £65-70. A small Japanese maple or monkey puzzle will cost a little less at about £30.
Common garden plants: up to £40
Has someone pinched your pansies or run over your roses? That could cost you £40 for certain pansies, or £20-25 for just one pot of roses. Your borders are probably made up of perennials like asters, switch grass and peonies, which provide year-round interest and mostly cost less than £20. But this will quickly add up if they’re all damaged or stolen.
Rhododendrons might be an invasive species, but their beautiful flowers still make them a popular choice. A 3 litre pot of rhododendrons or 1.5-2 litre pot of hydrangeas will cost you £12-30. Mind out for your magnolias, too – these can cost up to £70.
*All figures sourced from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) April 2016, unless otherwise stated.