8th June 2015
Holidaymakers are being urged to ensure they sufficiently protect their home against opportunistic thieves before heading away this summer given that many travellers will be away for two weeks or even longer.
A survey from M&S Bank found that the majority of holidaymakers are planning to go away for an average of nine days, with more than a quarter, at 27%, set to go on holiday for at least a fortnight.
The research also revealed that the number of theft claims last year peaked in July. The most popular security measure taken before going on holiday is asking a neighbour, friend or family member to keep an eye on the property followed by moving expensive items out of sight of windows.
However more than one in 10, at 12% admitted they will not, or at least do not know if they will, take any security precautions for their home before going away. Worryingly some 9% said that their home had been burgled previously and of those, nearly a quarter, at 22% said this had happened more than once.
The majority of those, at 63%, who have been burgled said the thief had forced access to their home via a window or door. But 8% said that the burglar gained access via an accidentally unlocked window, while 4% said they entered via an open garage door.
Paul Stokes, head of products at M&S Bank, said: “The summer period is an incredibly popular time for the family to get away and so we’re urging homeowners to take a little extra time to ensure their home is secure. By taking a few simple security measures before they jet off, homeowners will have added peace of mind, helping them to relax and enjoy their break.
“In addition, holidaymakers should also check their home insurance policy and ensure they’re familiar with any exclusions or conditions, such as limits on value and how long the property can be left unoccupied, particularly if heading away for extended periods. This will help ensure the policy provides adequate cover, should the worst happen.”
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