Some kinda shocking research from Aviva;
Residents are being reminded to lock up before they jet off, as new research reveals some shocking home security habits ahead of holidays. According to a new independent study from Aviva, only three fifths of travellers check all doors (61%) and windows (58%) are locked before they go away, while just two in five (43%) make sure sheds and garages are secured.
Fewer than half (48%) ensure valuables aren’t visible through windows, and just a fifth (19%) put away garden furniture – acts which can help to prevent opportunistic thefts. More surprising still, one in 10 (9%) puts a key under a doormat or plant pot, to allow neighbours to check on their properties while away.
This is in spite of the fact that 14% of people surveyed said someone had burgled their home in the past, while an additional 11% had experienced an attempted burglary.
The research has been carried out to help people to protect their homes as peak holiday season approaches. Aviva data reveals July – September is a hot-spot for UK home theft claims that occur while people are on holiday – an increase of 48% compared to other months of the year. The average value of this type of claim is more than £6,000. Home theft claims which occurred while people were on holiday predictably fell during 2020 and 2021, but may increase during 2022 as people start to travel again. Separate research from the insurer finds 43% of UK adults have booked a holiday for some time in the next 18 months, with a further 31% planning to do the same.
PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN A CLAIM
The new Aviva study also highlights how residents protect their properties when taking a break.
Two fifths (40%) of holidaymakers ask family members to check on their homes while they are away and 14% actually ask someone to house-sit. More than a quarter (27%) leave lights on a timer to suggest someone is inside and one in eight (12%) ask a neighbour to park on the driveway. Most people appear to be savvy about using social media before and during their holidays. Only 5% share their holiday plans on social media before going and 6% share holiday snaps or plans while away.
Kelly Whittington, Property Claims Director for Aviva UK, says: “So many people have postponed their breaks because of the pandemic, so summer 2022 is a fantastic time for holidays. But we’d urge people not to get so excited that they forget to carry out checks and leave their homes vulnerable while they’re away.
“A few simple steps can help to deter burglars and keep homes secure – so people aren’t returning to a post-holiday headache.”