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Beware potential rise in burglaries as lockdown eases
Author: Carl Shave - Director

Homeworking has discouraged criminals, leading to a 20% reduction in burglaries during 2020, compared with 2019. But, as lockdown eases, and people return to their offices – if only part time – and revive their social lives, with restaurant breaks and even weekends away, the insurance industry is reminding people to be alert to their security.

  • Check property boundaries and trim hedges: are fences and gates secure?
  • Ensure ladders and tools are kept in a locked shed or garage;
  • Check locks on windows, and never leave ground floor windows open – even when at home, take professional advice on adding locks to all external doors, including conservatories;
  • Replace all locks when moving to another home, including if purchasing a brand new property;
  • Keep spare keys secure and locked away;
  • Consider installing CCTV and a burglar alarm;
  • Keep valuables out of sight;
  • Put lights on a timer when out;
  • Consider investing in a safe to keep bank statements, passports and other documents, as well as jewellery and other valuables, locked up;
  • Be careful when using social media – sharing any information on new purchases and holidays could be an invitation to criminals.

And remember that it is not only dogs which are vulnerable to theft; cats and even bunny rabbits are now being stolen, so ensure they are microchipped and kept safe.

Don’t forget to review your home (and pet) insurance to ensure your property is fully covered for any eventuality.

Our team here at The Mortgage Centres urge you to stay alert and safe.

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