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How to Protect Lawn Equipment from Theft

Now that spring is here, it’s probably time to help your home recover from winter and get your home spruced up for the warm months ahead.

As you primp and prune, you’ll also want to consider how to protect 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 insurancepolicy with coverage for lawn equipment and more. Learn more about homeowners insurance—and get a free quote—by talking with a local ERIE Agent. 

ERIEĀ® insurance products and services are provided by one or more of the following insurers: Erie Insurance Exchange, Erie Insurance Company, Erie Insurance Property & Casualty Company, Flagship City Insurance Company and Erie Family Life Insurance Company (home offices: Erie, Pennsylvania) or Erie Insurance Company of New York (home office: Rochester, New York).  The companies within the Erie Insurance Group are not licensed to operate in all states. Refer to the company licensure and states of operation information.

The insurance products and rates, if applicable, described in this blog are in effect as of July 2022 and may be changed at any time. 

Insurance products are subject to terms, conditions and exclusions not described in this blog. The policy contains the specific details of the coverages, terms, conditions and exclusions. 

The insurance products and services described in this blog are not offered in all states.  ERIE life insurance and annuity products are not available in New York.  ERIE Medicare supplement products are not available in the District of Columbia or New York.  ERIE long term care products are not available in the District of Columbia and New York. 

Eligibility will be determined at the time of application based upon applicable underwriting guidelines and rules in effect at that time.

Your ERIE agent can offer you practical guidance and answer questions you may have before you buy.