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July 30, 2009

ABI issues holiday burglary reminder

by Gill Montia

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The Association of British Insurers (ABI) is urging Britons to take extra care protecting unoccupied homes during the holiday season.

While reported cases of burglary have fallen 57% since 1997, there are signs of an increase during the current economic downturn.

According to the ABI, burglary claims topped £100 million in the first three months of 2009, making it the most expensive quarter for five years.

The Association has therefore joined forces with the Home Office to produce Insurance Advice on Home Security, which sets out basic security measures such as fitting appropriate locks, property marking and security lighting.

Intruder alarms and steps to take when the home is unoccupied are also covered.

The ABI’s director of general insurance and health, Nick Starling, sums up by saying: “Policyholders can do much to protect themselves – in over a third of cases, burglars gain access through an unlocked door or window.”

He adds: “Low-income households are particularly vulnerable, and least likely to be insured.”

The ABI says it is working with the Government and social landlords to promote low-cost tenants’ insurance which can provide peace of mind for as little as £1 a week.

 

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