You might well think that you do all you can to ensure your home is secure when you're not there, but chances are that you do make a few mistakes here and there. New research from The Co-op Insurance, released in time for National Neighbourhood Watch Week, has found that 13 million households in the UK are actually making the most basic of security mistakes.
It was found that 18 per cent admit to keeping sheds unlocked, 16 per cent leave belongings in the garden that could be used to break windows and 15 per cent have gone out and left the windows open. What's more, some 539,500 households share holiday plans over social media sites, letting potential thieves know that their homes will be empty.
The top security mistakes that people commit are keeping sheds unlocked, leaving items out that can be used to break windows, leaving windows open, having deliveries hidden in the garden, leaving ladders in the garden, hiding keys either under a plant pot or elsewhere outside, posting on social media when going on holiday and leaving tall items beneath windows.
Chair of Neighbourhood Watch Jim Maddan said: "Most burglaries are opportunistic and many can be prevented by taking basic steps to protect your home. We strongly recommend making your home look occupied when you leave it for both short and long periods, and if you're out in the garden and you cannot see the doors or windows of your property then they should be shut and locked."
Having a burglar alarm installed is a good idea if you haven't already. In fact, it may well be a requirement of your home insurance policy so it's worth checking to see if that's the case. If you don't have one, you could find any claim you make is dismissed as a result.
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