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Legal & General finds holidaying homeowners err on side of caution

10 July 2007
Britons headed away for summer holidays are cautious about whom they entrust with the keys to their house, a survey from insurers Legal & General has shown.

Just three per cent would be willing to let a cleaner in to tidy their home in their absence, while even fewer would hand the keys to builders or painters during their vacation.

Family members were voted the most trusted group, with 66 per cent of people happy to hand over the keys to their nearest and dearest to check nothing was amiss in their home.

But the decline of neighbourhood sentiment seemed clear with just 42 per cent of people countrywide willing to trust their neighbours with their keys.

Interestingly, same sex couples were most likely to give their keys to someone to check on their home, with 95 per cent willing to do so, while only 17 per cent of older people without children were happy with this arrangement.

Nevertheless, keeping secure, Legal & General urge, is not merely a matter of getting your home checked on every few days while you are abroad, with home insurance and personal possessions cover sensible precautions in case of mishap.

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