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Maintain your safety fittings

Burglaries increased during 2009 and it has been found that home owners may be installing security measures but not maintaining them so ultimately they aren't protected.

The majority of homes are fitted with smoke alarms, window locks and alarms. However, many homeowners are putting off repairs or simply ignoring them leaving themselves wide open to a burglar.

Maintaining these simple security measures maybe essential to both keeping your valuables safe and ensuring any claim made due to a break in is paid out. Some insurers may ask you to install an alarm due to various items included on your policy. If the alarm isn't maintained, they your just giving your insurance company an excuse not to pay you.

It has been shown in a survey that unprotected homes are 25 per cent more likely to be broken into, whereas a protected home only faces a 2.3 per cent risk. New windows and doors with quality locks will improve security immensely.

Protecting your home in the first place is the best way to stay safe and avoid having to claim on your home insurance. If your home is going to be unoccupied for any length of time then security is very important and making sure a neighbour or friend is looking after it will also help prevent break ins.

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Posted on 21st January, 2010