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Homeowners urged to be more cautious

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A new survey has revealed that homeowners need to be more cautious when it comes to securing their home.

The findings from the Association of British Insurers highlighted that homeowners are overlooking basic security precautions. Nearly three in ten people admitted to leaving doors unlocked or windows open when going out for a short amount of time. Even though people admitted this, 42% recognised the importance of secure locks in a home.

As the summer months approach the nights are lighter and leaving windows and doors unlocked would be unsafe as it can be an open invitation for thieves to target homes and is one of the most common ways for thieves to enter a home. Because of this homeowners are being urged to be more cautious and ensure their home is secure by checking locks and doors are working properly every couple of months.  Checking the correct home insurance covers household items and personal possessions is also important.

The survey also revealed that one in four people feel that having a neighbour that they can trust is vital for feeling secure in their home. Many even give their spare key to a friend or relative which can also put their home at risk.

Nick Starling, Director of General Insurance at the ABI said: “While it can be reassuring for householders to have neighbours they can trust, this alone cannot substitute the value of sensible home security measures.

“Common mistakes, such as leaving doors unlocked and windows open, could invite thieves, putting your possessions at risk. Following sensible security measures and ensuring your property and its contents are adequately covered are the wise steps people should follow to protect their homes.”  

We recently wrote an article about how homeowners can be too trusting when it comes to their home. Click here to read.

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By Amanda Bainbridge