Don't give burglars a window of opportunity: Top tips for keeping your house secure this summer
With temperatures on the increase, it's the ideal time to get out and enjoy the sunshine - but make sure you don't leave the door open for burglars! The number of unforced burglary claims increased by 12% last summer, with a 34% increase in value compared to the winter months, and Lloyds Bank Home Insurance has provided its top tips for homeowners to ensure they don't become victims this summer.
Senior claims manager Tim Downes says: "When it's warm outside people often leave windows and doors open to keep cool, but many don’t realise that burglaries often happen while the homeowners are at home, as opportunist burglars reach in through open doors and windows to grab whatever they can. Small items such as jewellery, wallets, car keys, and smartphones are particularly at risk. We'd recommend people close windows when they are not in the room and lock their front door when they are out in the back garden."
Lock the front door when you're out in the garden
Keep windows closed when you're not in the room
Don't leave valuables within easy reach or visible through windows
Mark your valuables with an ultra violet pen to help police trace them if they are stolen
Keeping receipts can help in the event of a claim
Consider installing a safe for small valuables such as jewellery, watches and credit cards
Fit visible, key operated window and door locks and keep them locked, particularly on the ground floor of properties
Don’t leave keys hidden outside as burglars know where to look
Install a burglar alarm in a prominent place and always set it at night and when leaving the property empty