Home security tips for preventing burglars breezing in

Opportunist thieves waiting to pounce on unsuspecting sun lovers are the shadowy side of this sweltering, dry and hot summer.

Inviting open doors and windows in cars and homes to let in cool draughts are also invitations to thieves to breeze in and grab what they can,

Insurers deal with about 1,250 home burglary claims every day in the summer – that’s a staggering 78,000 hot weather break-ins worth a pay out of £84 million.

Thieves are also out at popular beauty spots lying in wait for unsuspecting motorists leaving valuables in their cars.

Counting the cost in hard cash is only part of the story, because long after the financial compensation is tallied up, many victims still suffer from the trauma and stress of having their homes violated and belongings stolen.

So, if you want to enjoy the sun rather than get hot under the collar chasing a home insurance claim, here are some tips to make your home safer during the summer:

  • Check your home insurance to make sure you have the right amount of cover. If you are not sure, call a broker like Quoteline Direct to put your mind at rest.
  • Avoid leaving windows and doors open when you are out – even if you are only pop out for a few minutes.
  • Don’t leave ladders and tools that a burglar could use in the garden at night or when you are out – lock them in a shed, garage or put them indoors.
  • Make sure garages and sheds are secure.
  • Keep car and garage keys out of sight of possible intruders.
  • When you are away, set up lights on a timer to give the impression that the property is occupied.
  • When going on holiday, ask a trusted neighbour, friend or relative to keep an eye on your home.
  • Apply the same stash it and lock it rules to your car.

“Everyone wants to relax in the sun, apart from thieves and burglars who are on the lookout for easy pickings,” said Nick Starling, director of general insurance at the Association of British Insurers. “Insurance can of course provide financial compensation, but it cannot compensate for the trauma of a burglary. Being aware of the risks and taking a few simple precautions will ensure that you do not become a victim of summer thieves.”

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