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Don't take your eye off the ball for World Cup, warns Zurich

26 May 2006
Insurance provider Zurich has released figures from a study showing that at least six million people are planning to watch World Cup games away from their house, leaving themselves vulnerable to opportunist burglars or thieves.

The research shows that around 4.5 million are planning to watch World Cup matches in pubs or bars, with a further 1.5 million going to friends' or relatives' house to watch matches.

Martin Hall, head of home underwriting at Zurich Insurance, said that the period would be an important time to be confident your insurance cover was up-to-date.

"We would like to remind homeowners that an empty home can mean rich pickings for thieves – it's worth remembering that not all burglars are football fans," he said.

"While you're out supporting your country, opportunist burglars could be looking for empty properties, safe in the knowledge that the occupants aren't going to be home for at least another 90 minutes."

Zurich offered "practical advice" on "basic home security measures" for the whole year, not just the summer's World Cup, including closing windows and locking doors, installing a burglar alarm or a safe for valuables and not leaving a concealed spare key near the door.

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