The holiday season is a time when homes may be more vulnerable to theft as people may travel or visit relatives for extended periods. Vicky Cullen, our Insurance Manager, shares some tips on how you can help prevent it.
Household burglary is one of the most widespread crimes in Australia with the most common items stolen being money and jewellery.
Good security measures are important to complement home insurance cover and help to give you peace of mind, knowing that your home is well protected.
Some simple security steps that can help protect your home include:
- Fit sturdy deadlocks to all external doors and make sure you always lock them when you go out;
- Fit key operated locks to windows, especially those on the ground floor;
- Don’t leave keys fitted into locks. Always remove them and put them in a safe place out of sight;
- Make sure external doors and frames are strong and keep them maintained in good condition;
- Security mark or engrave your most valuable property – having it marked helps police verify ownership if it’s stolen;
- Never leave a spare key in a convenient hiding place such as under a doormat or in a pot plant – thieves know to look there first;
- Consider keeping valuables in a safe or fitting an alarm system.
The holiday season is a time when homes may be more vulnerable to theft as people may travel or visit relatives for extended periods.
Consider the following tips to protect your home during this time:
- Have a neighbour or family member check your house on a regular basis and collect newspapers and mail;
- Indoor and outdoor lights should be on automatic timers;
- Silence or turn down the ring on your home telephone and don’t mention your travel plans on voicemail, answering machines or on social networking sites.
It’s always a good idea to make a list of your property and take photos of expensive items, such as jewellery, to assist if you ever do have to make a claim.
To discuss all of your home and contents insurance needs, please call us on 1300 550 855 or drop into your local branch.