Beat the burglars this ChristmasHomeowners and drivers risk crime, says Which?

26 December 2010

A new car can cost much less abroad

Up to nine million drivers keep their car keys potentially in view from outside their home, making them more of a target for burglars. This is despite evidence showing that at least 50 people have their cars stolen every day following a a burglary.

Which? research also reveals that around three million of all those who keep their car keys in view, attach them to their house keys - increasing the risk of becoming a victim of crime. 

Home and car insurance risk

According to Directgov, homes with no adequate security measures in place are ten times more likely to be burgled. And leaving car or home keys in plain view could not only encourage burglars, but also invalidate car or home insurance policies as the insurer may take the view that the policyholder contributed to the theft through carelessness. 

Seven steps to better home security

  • Keep keys where they can't be seen from outside your home
  • Install security lighting to cover dark spots, especially by doors and ground floor-level windows
  • Use table lamp timers if you are leaving your home empty in the evenings or over the holiday period
  • Install and use a burglar alarm
  • Secure ladders with chains (if stored outside your home) and tools in a locked shed
  • Join a Neighbourhood Watch scheme
  • Don't let cold callers into your property.

Visit the relevant Which? online guides for more information on home insurance and car insurance. You can also check out our guide to the best burglar alarm brands, based on a survey of Which? members.

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