enlists ex-burglar to offer tips on home safety this Christmas

Published: Wed Dec 01 2010, the home insurance specialist, has revealed the results of new research that found that 72% of Brits feel more at risk of burglaries at Christmas, yet only one in four increase home security during this expensive time of year. Research shows a 63% increase in burglaries during the winter months at an average cost of £2,623.

Generous Brits are expected to spend an average of £250 on presents this Christmas and, according to research, the most likely hiding place for all these presents is under the bed (34%). However, with more luxury gifts and food and drink in the house than at any other time of the year, the average home very quickly becomes a tempting place for opportunistic burglars.

To help homeowners be security savvy this Christmas, Home Insurance have enlisted ex-burglar and home security expert Michael Fraser to offer tips and advice on how to keep the home safe.

Michael Fraser commented: "There are simple measures homeowners can take to minimise the risk of burglaries. For instance, the research revealed that the living room is the most valuable room in their house (49% of Brits cited in the survey); it's also a popular target for burglars. So I would advise people not to put presents under the Christmas tree until the last possible moment and closing the curtains can also help. Think carefully about where you place your valuables, make sure that they are secure and your home insurance covers you for any losses should the worst happen."

Gareth Kloet, Head of Home Insurance for said: "It may sound basic but simple steps taken to protect your home could save you money and possible heartbreak at Christmas. Homeowners should be aware each home insurance provider has their own set of conditions, so make sure your items are valued correctly to avoid any unhappy faces on Christmas Day."


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