May 02, 2011 19:02 ET

Don't Be Slack With Security Says Swinton

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - May 2, 2011) - Whether it's a short day out or a long holiday abroad, it is common for people to overlook home security when leaving their houses empty, particularly at this time of year according to Swinton.

Swinton, the UK's leading high street retailer of home insurance surveyed 2,200 online customers about the most common security errors they make when leaving their house. A huge 51% admitted that they have left a window open on more than one occasion and another 19% admitted to accidentally leaving keys in a front or back door. Swinton is warning homeowners to be vigilant and avoid making these visibly obvious security mistakes, as opportunist criminals will be actively looking for them.

A Further 23% have returned to their homes to find they hadn't locked the door properly or remembered to activate their house alarm. Swinton insurance is reminding homeowners that it is vital to take advantage of security alarms, and to always test the door has been locked after you have taken the keys out.

Another 30% have kept a spare key in an obvious place e.g. under the doormat. This leaves home owners susceptible to criminals entering the house without even breaking an entry - it's the first place they are likely to check in the hope of an easy break in. Swinton advises that each person in the house gets a set of keys cut, so people don't have to leave keys out for each other.

Steve Chelton, Insurer Development Manager at Swinton, said: "It is crucial that homeowners take the necessary precautions and remain vigilant to secure their homes, otherwise they are making their personal and valuable possessions easily accessible to burglars and opportunist thieves. By failing to take basic security measures, people are also risking the validity of their house insurance policy as it could be deemed as negligence."

About Swinton

  • With over 600 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 and related needs of its clients, offering home, car, caravan, business, holiday, motorbike and even classic car insurance.

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