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Homeowners beware: burglary season set to start

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Homeowners are being warned to be vigilant as the peak season for burglaries is about to begin.

As darker evenings draw in there are more opportunities for burglars to steal from properties, insurance firm Direct Line warned.

It said the winter months were the most popular time for break-ins, albeit with a decrease in claims around Christmas time.

The firm said homeowners should make sure that they are correctly insured and protected against all possible burglary.

It said that claims for tablet computers were rising quickly, while bikes remained a popular item among burglars.

Mobile phones are also increasingly popular, although televisions are being stolen less then previously.

Katie Lomas, head of Direct Line home insurance, said homeowners must take steps to secure their property and make sure they are correctly insured.

“With the nights drawing in, it is perhaps unsurprising that thefts increase, as there are more opportunities for burglars to strike without being seen,” she said. “Items such as bicycles, gardening tools and golf equipment are amongst the most sought-after items, so if items must be stowed away outside the home, homeowners should make sure they are safe and secure.

“It is also important to check that your insurance policy covers specific items such as sporting equipment left locked in the garden shed, as not all insurers cover this as standard. Items left at home while you’re out should be kept out of sight and it may be worth investing in extra security measures such as proximity alarms or security lights, to keep potential burglars at bay.”

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