Enlists Ex-Burglar to Offer Tips on Home Safety This Christmas

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

CARDIFF, Wales, December 1, 2010 -, the home insurance specialist, has revealed the results of
new research that found that 72% of Brits feel more at risk of burglaries at
Christmas, yet only one in four increase home security during this expensive
time of year. Research shows a 63% increase in burglaries during the winter
months at an average cost of GBP2,623.

Generous Brits are expected to spend an average of GBP250 on presents
this Christmas and, according to research, the most likely hiding place for
all these presents is under the bed (34%). However, with more luxury gifts
and food and drink in the house than at any other time of the year, the
average home very quickly becomes a tempting place for opportunistic

To help homeowners be security savvy this Christmas, Home
Insurance have enlisted ex-burglar and home security expert Michael Fraser to
offer tips and advice on how to keep the home safe.

Michael Fraser commented: "There are simple measures homeowners can take
to minimise the risk of burglaries. For instance, the research revealed that
the living room is the most valuable room in their house (49% of Brits cited
in the survey); it's also a popular target for burglars. So I would advise
people not to put presents under the Christmas tree until the last possible
moment and closing the curtains can also help. Think carefully about where
you place your valuables, make sure that they are secure and your home
insurance covers you for any losses should the worst happen."

Gareth Kloet, Head of Home Insurance ( ) for said: "It may sound
basic but simple steps taken to protect your home could save you money and
possible heartbreak at Christmas. Homeowners should be aware each home
insurance provider has their own set of conditions, so make sure your items
are valued correctly to avoid any unhappy faces on Christmas Day."

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