Hiscox emphasises home security at Christmas
by Richard Kilner
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Specialist home insurer Hiscox has commissioned research revealing that almost 10% of those surveyed have been burgled at Christmas.
In light of this, the insurer has issued some basic tips to help reduce the risk of this festive felony befalling homeowners.
Hiscox home insurance expert Austyn Tusler has stated that some basic security measures can go a long way to putting off would-be burglars, and expressed his relief that only 6% of those surveyed indicated they would not increase the security of their home if going away for a prolonged period.
The most popular security measures are to set up timers so that lights switch on and off automatically, and getting neighbours to check up on the property to ensure nothing is amiss.
Hiscox has learnt that gravel paths and drives deter thieves, due to the noise walking upon them creates, and emphasises the importance of good solid locks.
Homeowners are also advised to cancel deliveries so that mounting milk bottles and newspapers do not telegraph a prolonged absence, and should in some cases take advantage of a house-sitter, especially if livestock and pets require care.
Earlier this month the insurer offered advice on how to stave off another winter menace, namely burst pipes.
Keeping the heating on a low setting is a sensible precaution during a lengthy bout of cold weather to help prevent the expense and stress involved when a pipe freezes and then bursts.