25 Oct

Dark evenings leave potential for theft

Dark evenings leave potential for theft

Homeowners living in their own homes or in a buy-to-let property will be aware that the darker nights are coming in. However, with winter just a few weeks away, many homes are exposed to potential theft by not being prepared.

According to a new report from Halifax, burglaries shoot upwards from November, with the bank itself recording 9,000 last year.

Most burglaries are a direct result of opportunism however, and so it is important that residents keep their houses looking occupied and uninviting.

Leaving lights on even when no one is home, and ensuring that all valuables are kept out of sight are both good places to start, while residents may also want to install an alarm or sturdy new front door to minimise the risk.

Martyn Foulds, senior claims manager, Halifax Home Insurance, said: "Although home insurance will cover any financial loss, some items such as family heirlooms and items of sentimental value cannot be replaced, so it's certainly worth taking some simple cost-effective measures to avoid becoming an easy target."ADNFCR-1222-ID-801476324-ADNFCR

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