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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

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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.

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