Winter may be the time when the most break ins to homes around the UK occur, with thieves taking advantage of the cover of darkness afforded by the longer nights, but some Brits may be surprised to learn that burglary also sees an increase during the summer months.

According to a new report released by Aviva, the number of crimes committed by people stealing from sheds increases by a surprising 20 per cent throughout the summer months.

The largest thefts are of the likes of power and garden tools, with opportunists taking advantage of unlocked sheds and storage areas to make off with the goods.

For buy-to-let owners, many may keep tools for the likes of garden maintenance and repairs in their homes at the houses and flats in order to make sure they have easy access as and when they need them, making landlord insurance an essential in case they have their tools stolen throughout the warmer months.

The most common thefts are of power equipment, with 42 per cent of all cases seeing these taken without permission, 56 per cent of which are drills.

In addition to this, other items that are the target of unscrupulous thieves include the likes of lawnmowers, chainsaws and ladders, as well as more simple tools like spades and rakes.

Jonathan Cracknell, household underwriting manager at Aviva, says: "We're all looking forward to a bit more sunshine, but lighter evenings also mean all your expensive power tools, bikes and children's toys are more visible to passing criminals.
"So after a day in the garden or doing a bit of DIY ensure everything is secured away inside your home, shed or garage. And remember items such as ladders and wheelie bins are perfect for burglars to use to get into your home, so keep them out of reach and out of sight if you can."

And it can never be too early to look ahead, with the lighter evenings at the end of March also reported to spark a rise in crime, and theft numbers increasing by ten per cent in early spring.