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- 36% of all burglaries are crimes of opportunity, with burglars letting themselves in through unlocked doors or windows.
- You are ten times more likely to be burgled if you don’t have basic security. Even something as simple as putting strong locks on your doors and windows will keep your house much safer.
- Burglary has fallen by nearly 60% since 1995, but criminals are opportunists who will take advantage of any chance to steal from you, so you should remain alert.
Make sure you are covered
Saving money by not taking out home insurance is a false economy. It’s a sad fact that almost half of all burglary victims are uninsured. Without insurance you will have to find the money to replace what is stolen or damaged. Insurance will cover possessions stolen from your home and your insurer will cover the cost of replacements. The average contents premium is only around £130 per year and a number of insurers now offer cover aimed at social tenants, which is even cheaper – about £1 per week. Ask your social landlord if they belong to a low cost tenants’ insurance scheme.Insurers can also provide advice on home security. They recommend that locks and alarms are fitted in customers’ homes and that these should meet certain standards. In high-risk areas they will insist that customers fit good quality door and window locks, and burglar alarms.