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Winter is coming… and so are the burglars

Posted by: In: Real Estate 06 Nov 2014 Comments: 0 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,
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The house from Home Alone, a seasonal comedy that sees a family burgled while on holiday Photo credit: HomeAloneHome.ColdwellBanker.com

Winter is a time when most people are busy planning for Christmas. While shopping may have already begun in November, though, Halifax is warning that homeowners should also be planning against potential break-ins during the cold, dark nights.

Indeed, Halifax home Insurance recorded 2,832 burglary claims last winter, paying out a total of more than £20 million in burglary claims in 2013.
Martyn Foulds, senior claims manager, Halifax Insurance, comments: “Winter claims last year cost 12 per cent more compared to summer as thieves on the hunt for an easy target use cover of darkness to their advantage, so it’s important to look at ways to step up security to avoid falling victim.”

With an average claim costing £1,727, the insurer is encouraging households to stay protected against unwelcome visitors. While getting ready to re-watch Home Alone, here are 10 quick tips that could help to burglar-proof your home:

1. Keep doors and windows locked, even when at home
2. Security lights can alert you to people approaching the house
3. Gravel driveways make it possible to hear visitors coming
4. High walls, spiky railings and prickly bushes around a property can make it more difficult to break in, and also harder to get away if burglars are disturbed
5. Keep tools and ladders that can be used to break in to the home locked away
When going on holiday
6. Install a timer to switch on lights, which can make it less obvious that the house is empty
7. Consider asking a trusted friend or neighbour to check in and collect any mail, as piles of letters can be a clue that there is nobody around
8, Marking your property with a UV pen or etching your postcode on metal items such as bikes and tools means that if it is stolen, there is a greater chance of it being recovered by police
9. Make sure your home buildings and contents insurance is up to date and includes the right level of cover for your needs
10. Don’t leave keys hidden under door mats, in flower pots or in other ‘safe’ places

Personal Finance, Halifax home

Source: The Movechannel

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