Gardeners in the region are being urged to protect their property from thefts and vandalism.
More people in the West Midlands have their own garden than any other part of the UK.
With 97 per cent having their own garden, 69 per cent a shed, and 37 per cent investing in decorative objects, AA Insurance is warning people to beware the increasing number of thefts from gardens.
Research shows we are a region of 'exterior decorators', with the garden fast replacing the kitchen or living room as the focus for home improvements.
Almost a third of people (30 per cent) would rather spend time in their garden than the house, and almost a fifth (19 per cent) claimed it was important for their garden to look as good as their living room.
While one in ten households have newer furniture outdoors than in and a third (33 per cent) keep leisure equipment like a speed boat or quad bike in their gardens, almost a quarter (23 per cent) said none of the property in their garden was insured and 19 per cent had no idea whether their garden was covered.
The garden is one of the most vulnerable parts of a domestic property with one sixth targeted by vandals or thieves. And a quarter of garden property is being damaged by flooding or storms.