October is National Home Security Month, which aims to make us all aware of the importance of home security – not just this month, but throughout the year! And considering homes with no security measures in place are five times more likely to be burgled than those with simple security measures, we could all do with some tips and advice on preventing theft.

Unfortunately, it’s easy to forget the small stuff when it comes to home security, like locking doors and windows. Amazingly, almost 30% of all burglaries happen in homes where a door or window was left unlocked. And when it comes to our precious valuables, a shocking 23% of us Brits think that an underwear drawer is a brilliant hiding place for expensive gadgets and fine jewellery!

Take a look at these two experienced cops on the beat, who thought they were dealing with a gang of criminal masterminds. They soon discovered that the crime of the century was a totally predictable heist and completely preventable:

Taking practical steps to prevent a burglary often takes a back seat in busy households. Which is why it’s worth taking a look at our home security guides – from understanding the latest smart home security technology, such as installing cameras to alert you to any suspicious activity, to the different types of locks you can use to secure your home.

But whatever measures you take to protect your home, it’s important that you have home insurance in place, just in case the worst happens. We can help you understand the difference between buildings insurance and contents insurance. Plus, if you own expensive jewellery or watches, or any other high value items, it’s a good idea to make sure your insurance covers them too. And it’s not just homeowners who need insurance, if you rent or you’re a student, you should also make sure your personal belongings are covered. 

And think about what’s in your garden shed or garage. You might think that your ancient lawn mower and rusty garden tools aren’t worth stealing, but that top-of-the range bike in your shed just might be.

So, make sure you’re in the know this National Home Security Month – visit our home insurance hub or start a quote today.

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