Millennials too slack on home security

Christina Hoghton
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Christina Hoghton

A worrying 10% of millennials admit they are unsure who has the keys to their home, according to Ocean Finance.

Over three quarters (77%) of adults have given people, other than those who live there, keys to their home and one in five say that they’ve given out two or more sets of keys.

Overall we are most likely to give keys to other (non-resident) members of our family.  But, neighbours, cleaners and dog walkers all routinely hold the keys to our homes.

Generational divide

One in five millennials give keys to a cleaner compared to only 2% of those aged over 55.

Overall, 2% of people admit that they don’t know who has keys to their home, this figure increases to 10% for Millennials.

The research also revealed that most people (60%) don’t bother to change the locks when they move into a house.

Ian Williams from Ocean Finance said: “Most, if not all, Brits would say securing their home was very important to them. So it’s really odd that we don’t take the basic precaution in changing the locks. We seem prepared to take it on trust that the previous occupiers and the estate or letting agents have given us all the copies of the keys.

“For many of us, people come and go from our homes even when we aren’t there.  Cleaners, dog walkers, childminders and tradesmen all routinely have access to our homes.”