May 17, 2011 19:00 ET

Holidaying Homeowners Tips to Deter Thieves

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - May 17, 2011) - Burglars are more likely to target homes that look and appear to be empty, so Swinton Insurance is reminding homeowners about the simple security measures they can take to make homes look like they are occupied in the holiday season.

Swinton, the UK's leading high street retailer of home insurance surveyed 2,200 online customers about the most common things they do to deter thieves when they go on holiday. The most popular security method is the use of timers to turn lights, TV's and other items on and off, with 39% of customers using them when they go on holiday. Another 10% of customers said that they leave the radio or TV on permanently for the duration of time they are away.

Just over a fifth of customers ask a friendly neighbour to look after their house whilst they are on holiday i.e. sorting out the mail, open and close curtains etc.

A small 6% of customers admitted to lying to taxi drivers or other unfamiliar people about their holiday plans. Other precautions customers used included offering neighbours the use of the driveway, cancelling regular deliveries and not recording answering machine messages which indicated they would be away from home.

Swinton insurance is reminding homeowners that by being more vigilant with home security when they go on holiday, they could prevent burglars and opportunist thieves targeting their property.

Steve Chelton, Insurer Development Manager at Swinton, said: "Taking a few simple safety measures could be really worthwhile when homeowners go on holiday as it could reduce the risk of a burglary. People should also make sure they have adequate contents insurance before they go on holiday, so their valuable possessions are covered in case a burglary does occur. "

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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