February 20, 2011 19:01 ET

Swinton Warns Against Tailgate Burglars

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Feb. 20, 2011) - Swinton Insurance is warning residents of apartment blocks and gated communities to be aware of tailgate burglars, who follow them through secured doors and gates.

The UK's leading high street retailer of house insurance issued the warning after a recent survey of 1,200 online customers found that 21% had let strangers into their apartment building without checking if they were residents.

Opportunistic thieves can follow residents through secure doors and gates giving them access to weaker internal doors that can be easily kicked down.

Swinton is offering the following advice to residents living in apartment blocks and gated communities:

  • Always securely lock any outer doors as you enter and leave the premises
  • Never hold a door or gate to your building open to a stranger
  • Do not 'buzz' someone in unless you know them
  • Always keep your internal door locked, even when inside your home
  • Anyone could be a burglar, so always be vigilant
  • If you see anyone acting suspiciously, call the police

Steve Chelton, Insurance Development Manager at Swinton said, "Tailgate burglary is a serious issue, residents need to be vigilant about who they let in and out of their apartment building. Residents should also ensure they have adequate contents insurance in the unfortunate event that they are a victim of burglary."

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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