Why burglars are active in winter
Longer, darker evenings
Unlocked doors and windows
What you can do to lessen the risk of a burglary
Secure your property when you’re home or away
when your leave the house and before you go to sleep at night. According to , burglars are fond of unlocked side and rear doors and windows. Locking screen doors and closing shutters can help make life difficult for thieves and deter those looking for easy access.
Also, consider locking any gardening or DIY tools in a shed or garage to prevent someone using them to gain access to your home.
Don’t leave a key under the mat, under a flowerpot, or anywhere that’s accessible. Always leave keys with a trusted friend, neighbour or family member.
When you’re going away for a couple of weeks on holiday, be careful who you tell about your trip, including what you share on social media. If you have family or friends nearby, or good neighbours, ask them to check on your home while you’re away. It’s also a good idea to ask someone you trust to collect your mail. You can always bring them a thank you gift from your holiday.
Keep valuables out of plain sight
If you’re a tradie, having your tools stolen could affect your cash flow. It could also leave you out of pocket. You might want to consider if our is right for you. You can choose from 12 covers, including . It covers your portable tools and the equipment you use to run your business, so you can get replacements – and back to work – as soon as possible. We also offer Theft Insurance for your contents and stock at a specific premises.
You might also want to rethink storing keys in a key box. Labelled keys could be very useful for a burglar. And if they have your car keys, they may even make off with your valuables in your own car.
Consider additional security
Make sure your insurance is up to date
If you’ve upgraded your laptop recently, you may need to upgrade your insurance coverage too. It’s a good idea to review your Home Insurance regularly to make sure all your items are covered. Keeping photos of your valuable items could be useful if you do have to make an insurance claim.
Do you have any new portable items, such as mobile phones, jewellery and bicycles? If so, you might want to consider adding optional Portable Contents cover to your Allianz Home Insurance policy.
Since you took out your policy, you may have improved security measures around your home by , additional locks and deadlocks, and lockable bolts on your windows. Improving the security of your home may help keep your home and family safer. You should inform your insurer of any changes you’ve made to your property, and it could also help lower the costs of your insurance premiums.
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