Legal & General response to Lord Judge comments on stiffer penalties for burglars.
13 May 2011
"A burglary is an awful experience for anyone to go through, whatever level of damage is caused. Unfortunately, having our homes broken into is something that many of us dismiss, thinking it ‘won’t happen to me’. Yet a few simple precautions could help to protect a property and reduce the risk of burglary.
Some of the most effective ways of keeping a home safe from intruders are also the cheapest. For example, getting to know your neighbours, will help to identify who is and isn’t a stranger. Legal & General’s Next Door Strangers report recently revealed that almost three quarters of UK residents (70%) wouldn’t recognise their neighbours if they saw them in the street. Yet vigilant neighbours are a great first line of defence if an opportunistic thief is in the area."
Other home safety tips include:
- Make sure that whenever you leave your home, to always lock all the doors, including a garage door, even if it's only for a couple of minutes. Also, if you are working upstairs as burglars may sneak in unnoticed.
- Leave the lights on when you go out in the evening or use automatic timers, so a home doesn’t look empty.
- Ensure your doors and windows have proper, approved locks (your insurer or broker will be able to advise)
- If possible install an approved alarm (again your insurer or broker will be able to advise) and make sure it is activated when the house is empty.
- Install an automatically-activated light outside your home so it goes on when people approach: burglars don’t like being in the spotlight!
- If going on holiday, or away for a few days, cancel any milk and paper deliveries and ask a neighbour or friend to push mail through the letter box.
- Pruning shrubs and hedges will help to minimise potential hiding places - burglars like to work out of sight.
Malcolm continued: “It is very difficult to make someone feel better once they’ve had a break-in, so prevention is always the first aim. It is fairly easy to ensure the first round of deterrents are in place e.g. approved, solid locks on doors and windows. It is not too difficult to ensure that any opportunistic thief just keeps on walking past your home. Stolen personal, often treasured belongings with huge sentimental value are difficult to replace. So a good test to check that you’re home is safe is to ask yourself, ‘How would I get in if I locked myself out?’ and this could help prevent a burglary happening in the first place.
If it should, then home insurance is able to provide some comfort as burglary and theft will be covered under a policy but it is important to check that there is appropriate level of cover in place before it should happen.”
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