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Insurer warns of increased burglary risk

Insurer warns of increased burglary risk

Category: Home insurance

Updated: 27/11/2012
First Published: 28/04/2009

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Homeowners have been urged to take steps to protect themselves against the possibility that they could become victims of burglary.

Research by Halifax Home Insurance revealed that 14 per cent of people feel that they are at greater risk than ever before.

However, the insurer noted that a fifth of respondents to its survey have not thought about keeping valuable items out of sight.

And with the Home Office reporting that domestic burglary increased by four per cent in the final quarter of 2008, compared to a year earlier, home insurance customers are being advised to take precautions in order to avoid making claims.

Senior claims manager at Halifax Home Insurance Martyn Foulds said: "It is surprising to see that so many people are effectively advertising their valuables to thieves by leaving them visible through windows."

Earlier this week, Sainsbury's Home Insurance urged consumers to check policies before carrying out DIY work, after finding that an increasing number of people are making home improvements themselves as a result of the recession.

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