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Holidaymakers warned over home security

26 January 2009 10:38

Holidaymakers warned over home security

People in the UK planning a summer holiday might be well-advised to check their home cover as well as their travel insurance before jetting off.

According to Saga, there are 42 per cent more break-ins during the months of British Summer Time than occur during the winter.

This could be because people feel less security conscious during the summer months and leave windows open, Paul Green from Saga said, but he warned that a large proportion of burglaries take place when occupants are away.

"Nearly half of all burglaries happen when a home is empty, so if you go on holiday this summer, try to arrange for a neighbour, friend or family member to visit your house every couple of days to check everything is OK and to make it look like it is occupied," he advised.

A recent report from Tesco suggested ways in which green-fingered homeowners could deter burglars.

These included planting prickly plants and bushes under window sills to make entry difficult and using noisy gravel on paths to alert occupants and neighbours to someone's presence on the property.ADNFCR-1320-ID-18523292-ADNFCR