March 08, 2010 06:08 ET

Cheshire Residents and its Premiership Footballers Targeted By Thieves

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - March 8, 2010) - According to a recent report by BBC programme, Onelife, increasing numbers of Cheshire residents are at risk of burglaries. The report revealed the influx of wealthy footballers into Cheshire has meant existing homeowners are now the target of thieves who have become familiar with the area.

Swinton, the UK's leading high street home insurance retailer, is urging its customers in Cheshire to be vigilant and ensure they have sufficient contents insurance.

In the last twelve months the Cheshire homes of Manchester United's Darren Fletcher and Manchester City's Roque Santa Cruz, located just a few hundred yards from each other, have both been targeted. Thieves have also broken in to the north west homes of premiership footballers Emile Heskey, Steven Gerrard and Phil Jagieka.

Steve Chelton, Insurer Development Manager at Swinton said: "According to recent British Crime Survey figures burglary rates still remain high and could stay that way in light of the difficult economic climate.

"Swinton recommend that homeowners ensure they activate burglar alarms. Failing to activate an alarm can invalidate a claim should you be unfortunate enough to be burgled."

For more information contact Anoushka Done, Anna Asamorah or Mairead Rodden at Manchester PR agency SKV Communications on 0161 838 7770 or email  anoushka.done@skvcommunications.co.uk

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About Swinton:

With 580 branches nationwide Swinton is the UK's largest high street insurance retailer.

Unlike many other companies in the financial services industry Swinton is committed to keeping its branches open for business and part of the community.

Swinton provides a one stop shop for the insurance any related needs of the clients, offering home car, caravan, business holiday, motorbike and even classic car insurance.

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