Six tips to prevent thefts and burglaries at home

At Zurich insurance we strive to support our customers. Below you will find some tips on how to protect your property from thefts and burglaries. If the worst happens remember Zurich home insurance policy also covers home emergency assistance – for full details, please see your policy if you are already a customer.

Now things are returning to normal; people are going back to the office and leaving their homes vacant more frequently. It is important to be mindful of security in your home. You should include all the following in your everyday routine to avoid break-ins:

Use levered deadlocks

Fitting and using good quality locks such as levered deadlocks on your doors will make it harder for burglars to barge through them. You should also ensure all ground floor windows have locks.

Hide keys / valuables out of sight

Remove keys from locked doors and windows and keep them out of sight. Valuables (cash, jewellery etc.), which can be seen from outside, are tempting targets for burglars, so keep them out of sight.

Apply timed switches on lights

Put timer switches on your lights so it looks like you’re at home when you’re out.

Install home security cameras and/or an alarm system

These can act as a deterrent and may ward off burglars. When choosing a home alarm system, look for one which is all the following:

  1. Your home’s alarm should be easy to see, as it will ward off burglars.
  2. A loud alarm will scare off burglars’ mid-break-in, while a fake or ‘dummy’ alarm won’t.
  3. Monitored alarms will allow the police to respond to an alarm event much more quickly.
  4. Household alarm systems that are wireless are harder to tamper with and continue to work during power outages.

Lock garden items away

Valuable items such as bikes and power tools should be locked securely in a garden shed or outbuilding when not in use. Also, a well-lit garden can deter would be burglars as it stops them from sneaking around unseen.

Tips for when on holidays

Before you go away on vacation, you should take some precautions:

  1. Keep your plans secret: Be careful when sharing your holiday plans outside of close friends and family, especially on social media.
  2. Check alarm batteries are working before you leave.
  3. Cancel all deliveries so uncollected packages don’t build up in your hallway or porch.
  4. Make your house look occupied: Give a friend, relative or trusted neighbour a key so they can collect excess post and open and close blinds, so it looks like you are there in the house.

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Having your property and possessions protected by Zurich’s home insurance comes with the peace of mind that should the worst happen, we’ll be there to help when you need us.

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