Don't let burglars steal your New Year cheer

30 December 2020

Although most people are spending the festive period at home this year, homeowners are being urged to be aware of break-ins during this time as thieves are still likely to be out in force.

Lloyds Bank Home Insurance had a 41% decrease in burglary claims compared to 2019 to date, and a 51% decrease between November 2019 and 2020 as lockdown kept people at home. Despite this, it’s still important to take steps to prevent burglars from taking advantage this festive season.

Many people will be enjoying brand new gifts between Christmas and New Year and some families may even have splashed out on more expensive items this year as they were able to save a bit more money. This could provide the perfect temptation for prying burglars.

Tim Downes, Senior Claims Manager, Lloyds Bank Home Insurance, said: “Given how difficult this year has been for many, a burglary or break-in over the holiday season could make things even more devastating during what should be a joyful time.

“Taking a few simple steps, such as locking doors and windows at night and disposing of present packaging carefully, can help avoid break-ins during the holidays, providing homeowners peace of mind that their home and possessions will be protected.”

Top tips from Lloyds Bank Home Insurance to protect your home during the holiday season:

  1. Dispose of present packaging carefully: empty boxes outside your home are a clue to burglars of new purchases indoors.
  2. Install timers on your lights: this will help create the impression that someone is at home when you’re out.
  3. Be careful with social media: posting a picture of a new gift is always fun, but could also attract unwanted attention.
  4. Make sure that all doors and windows are locked before going to sleep: don’t forget about any windows that have wires running out of them for Christmas decorations.
  5. Be careful with deliveries: packages and post left on your doorstep are a sure sign that no-one is home. Make use of ‘click and collect’ services or have your shopping delivered to a trusted neighbour if you’re not going to be home.
  6. Keep your insurer’s details saved on your phone: in case the worst happens and you need to make a claim.