Advice has been issued by South Yorkshire Police following a spate of garden furniture thefts in a Rotherham suburb.
A number of thefts have been reported by residents in Dinnington over recent days.
Crime Reduction Officer Dene Tinker said: "We have had several reports of garden furniture thefts over the last week.
"Thieves can see garden furniture as a soft target and therefore garden security needs to be seriously considered.
"The most effective way of keeping thieves out of your garden is to make life as difficult as possible for them."
He said hedges and shrubs at the front of houses should be kept low and about 6ft at the back.
Mr Tinker also urged people to ensure their fences are in good repair and that the panels cannot easily be moved or lifted.
He recommends the use of bolts and padlocks on the inside of all garden gates.
Mr Tinker added: " CCTV security systems can deter potential burglars as well as giving you peace of mind. Footage can also provide evidence for the police.
"Gravel is also an excellent deterrent as it’s noisy when walked on, so will alert you to any intruders.
"It goes without saying that ladders and tools should never be left lying around, as they can be used to break into your home, garage or shed."
South Yorkshire Police also urge people to only keep garden furniture in well-lit areas if left outside at night.
If possible, the force recommends that outdoor furniture is stored inside garages or sheds when not in use.
Some items of furniture can be bolted to the ground or tied together with steel cable.
The advice is to security code items left outside.