Everyone believes they’ve got ingenious methods when it comes to keeping their home secure - key under the flowerpot anyone? Yeah. We thought so. But these statistics show how some of the most commonly held beliefs could actually be putting your house at risk.
Our home insurance team suggest you put your home security to the test and see how you measure up.
The reality: The older you get, the less likely you are of being burgled - it’s actually people aged between 16-24 who are most at risk. And that’s not all - almost half (48%) of 18-24 year olds don’t have contents insurance, compared to just 8% of the over 55s. Eek.
The reality: Nope, 23% of people pop their valuables in their underwear drawer and 20% in their wardrobe. These are some of the first places burglars will look. Some people do still prefer to sleep on the decision though, with 12% opting to hide valuables under their bed.
The reality: Checking into your holiday destination on Facebook is a common mistake that many of us make - it lets anyone looking to break into your home know that they’ve got the all clear for a couple of weeks.
The reality: Even an empty burglar alarm box will act as a deterrent for an opportunist thief - it’s well worth getting a home security system installed.
The reality: Graveled paths and drives are one of the best deterrents. Most career burglars aren’t too keen on noisy approaches and getaways.
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