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Insurance and security suffering in the heat

03 August 2006
With the heatwave sweeping across Britain set to continue for the next few weeks at least, the warnings are coming thick and fast for people to make sure they are not neglecting security in a bid to keep cool.

According to the findings of Tesco Home Insurance, nearly a third (30 per cent) of respondents said they had an upstairs window permanently open and one-fifth said they leave their patio doors unlocked during the day.

Unbelievably, two per cent of those who took part in the survey admitted to leaving their front door wide open overnight in a bid to keep their house cool.

"It's understandable that people want to keep their homes as cool as possible during this heatwave," said Allan Burns, head of Tesco Home Insurance.

"However, it's important to remember that burglars aren't any less opportunistic during the summer months than at any other time of the year.

"Perhaps people think that because they are actually in the house, thieves won't strike," Mr Burns continued. "Regardless of whether people are at home or not, they should take all the sensible precautions to make their property safe."

By failing to secure their homes, many people could be invalidating their insurance policies. People are urged to check the stipulations of their cover to ensure that if the worst happens they are still insured.

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