Online retailer White Stores are issuing a warning to home owners and businesses such as cafes, bars, restaurants, spas, hotels and sports clubs to be vigilant against thieves stealing their outdoor furniture during the spring and summer months.
These criminals are impersonating staff members to steal valuable items such as armchairs, dining sets, daybeds, BBQs and sun loungers left outside in the garden, patio or balcony areas of commercial and residential properties.
Last month, thieves stole a large amount of valuable rattan garden furniture, including 20 dining tables and around 100 dining chairs, from a prestigious wedding and conferencing venue in Belper, Derbyshire. Local police believe these stolen goods, worth several thousand pounds, would have required a lorry or vehicle of similar size to haul away.
James Whiteley, founder and managing director of White Stores, said: “One of our customers, an award-winning hotel on the south coast of England, had to replace eight of their rattan sun loungers this month, costing ?1596.00, after thieves posing as staff members stole them during a busy Sunday lunchtime.
“It just goes to prove that these brazen outdoor furniture thieves can strike at any time. White Stores would like to warn our customers, businesses and the public at large to be extra vigilant, and take all available measures to protect their garden and patio furniture from theft.
If you have been offered any cheap outdoor garden furniture for sale under suspicious circumstances, you can call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.