Householders need to be vigilant as nights draw in - Home insurance - News - Moneyfacts


Householders need to be vigilant as nights draw in

Householders need to be vigilant as nights draw in

Category: Home insurance

Updated: 15/10/2013
First Published: 15/10/2013

This article was correct at the time of publication. It is now over 6 months old so the content may be out of date.

As the nights draw in and the clocks are set to go back on Sunday 27th October, householders are being urged to be vigilant to prevent opportunist thieves taking advantage of the darker evenings.

According to research from Halifax Home Insurance, the average cost of a winter burglary is £1,746 per incident, with the insurer paying out almost £13 million for burglary claims last winter – a rise of 21% compared to the summer months.

"The cover of darkness makes life easier for petty thieves looking for an easy target," said Martyn Foulds, senior claims manager at Halifax, "so it's always best to take preventative steps to protect the things you treasure most."

As well as things like keeping doors and windows locked, installing security lights and investing in approved burglar alarms, consumers need to make sure they're adequately insured.

Having the right level of home insurance can provide valuable peace of mind and, should the worst happen, can ensure any financial loss will be kept to a minimum.

What next?

Compare home insurance deals in time for winter

Disclaimer: Information is correct as of the date of publication (shown at the top of this article). Any products featured may be withdrawn by their provider or changed at any time.

Related Articles

Planning some DIY? Don't lose out!

The August Bank Holiday is almost upon us, and that can only mean one thing – DIY! But while tackling those jobs around the home is a common pastime for a long weekend, just make sure it isn’t a false economy…

Home insurance premiums remain at record low

The cost of the average combined buildings and contents insurance policy is at its lowest level in four years, the Association of British Insurers’ latest Home Insurance Premium tracker has revealed, with a typical policy currently costing just £309.

Secure your home before your holiday

Going on holiday is an exciting time, but in the midst of all that anticipation, it can be easy to neglect the home you’re leaving behind. That’s why M&S Bank is urging holidaymakers to properly secure their home against thieves before they jet off.