New research from Allianz Australia reveals the classic Australian ‘she’ll be right’ attitude could be costing people dearly when it comes to protecting their home and personal belongings this holiday season.
The national survey found that one in 10 Australians (11%) openly admit to leaving their windows and doors unlocked when they go away. A further one in three households (29%) are without contents insurance, with over a quarter (27%) believing they’re at low risk of needing it.
These finding come as Allianz data shows a 25% increase in the average cost of home claims in the five years to the end of 2017 - due to everything from natural disasters to robberies.
Allianz Australia Chief Technical Officer, Donna Walker, said: “As a nation, our homes are our pride and joy, yet our optimistic nature means we don’t like to think anything could happen while we’re away for the holidays”.
“Unfortunately, Australians aren’t immune to the risks that come with owning or renting property.”
“Skipping on security precautions such as setting alarms or locking-up, as well as not being mindful of potential damage while you’re away, can be a recipe for disaster, and certainly not the welcome home we expect when returning from the Christmas break.”
The research also revealed that when embarking on a holiday or weekend away, nearly half of respondents (48%) leave their blinds and curtains wide open to prying eyes; two-thirds (66%) fail to hide away their valuables; and, when it comes to setting a precautionary security alarm, only around one in five (23%) reported doing so.
The area in which we live was found to influence the home security measures we take, with the survey revealing: