Trustworthy neighbours top for home security
by Gill Montia
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One in four homeowners believe that trustworthy neighbours are the key to feeling secure at home, according to the latest consumer survey from the Association of British Insurers (ABI).
However, the research also suggest that many are putting themselves at risk needlessly, with nearly three in ten respondents admitting to leaving doors unlocked and windows open when going out briefly, despite the fact that 42% of those questioned recognised the importance of good locks.
Over a third of all burglaries are opportunistic and the ABI points out that failing to secure doors and windows is an open invitation to thieves, particularly as summer approaches.
Worryingly, the findings indicate that around a quarter of households have no contents insurance at all and to help matters along, the ABI has produced a new guide to home insurance accompanied by a booklet with answers to commonly asked questions.
They offer advice on how to buy the right amount of cover, set out what is covered by standard buildings and contents insurance and delve into optional extras, such as accidental damage cover.
The Association also has a home security guide which provides advice such as what to do if leaving a property unoccupied for a long period and how this might affect any insurance in place.