Travellers warned of burglary risk
26 January 2009 08:49
Travellers, looking at spending the summer break in their holiday homes, have been warned that burglars are twice as likely to break into a property if it is occupied.
According to Saga Holiday Home Insurance, 18 per cent of claims are theft related and 71 per cent of these occur when a person is using their holiday home.
People will be covered for the loss or damage of any items stolen in a burglary through travel insurance and thus are advised to make sure they are appropriately covered before setting off on a break.
Holidaymakers can improve their chances of a burglar leaving their property empty-handed by considering buying an alarm for the property, fitting security grills on windows or making sure valuable items are stored in a safe.
Andrew Goodsell, chief executive of Saga, explains: "Many people mistakenly believe that their holiday homes are more at risk when they're unoccupied, however our research clearly shows that this is not the case.
"The majority of burglaries are opportunistic thieves that rely on us being in the holiday mindset, a door left unlocked whilst we go for a swim is a perfect opportunity for them to strike, but could so easily be avoided!"