December 19, 2010 19:01 ET

Homes at Risk on Shortest Day of the Year, Warns Swinton Insurance

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Dec. 19, 2010) - This Tuesday, the Earth will reach its farthest point from the sun, marking the darkest day of the year, and providing an opportunity for any Grinch like burglar to steal Christmas.

Swinton Home Insurance is therefore warning homeowners to take extra care at night, as the shortest day of the year is upon us. The advice comes on the back of an online survey undertaken by Swinton Home Insurance which reveals homeowners are twice as likely to be broken into in the week up to Christmas than any other time of the year.

The survey also revealed that 62% of homeowners have experienced a break in or heard their neighbours talk about break-ins in the run up to Christmas.

In the week leading to the big day, most homes are left alone, with residents out at festive parties, abroad or visiting family, therefore houses are left empty, full of presents and open to opportunistic thieves.

Swinton Home Insurance is therefore advising homeowners to tighten security this week and report any suspicious behaviour to the police.

Steve Chelton, Insurance Development Manager of Swinton Contents Insurance said: "This week presents the perfect opportunity for thieves to strike, as homes are often left unprotected with a host of presents inside them. It is therefore essential homeowners keep a lookout for thieves and an ear to the ground for any suspicious behaviour reported by their neighbours."

About Swinton

  • With 603 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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