Confused.com Reveals Home Insurance Theft Claims Are Highest In November
Released on: October 31, 2011, 3:45 pm
Confused.com has revealed that November is a month to be
feared amongst the British public, as the darker nights and the
approach of Christmas means burglars are out in force.
Summer has come to an end marking the official start of long winter nights. However,
with less daylight, Confused.com is warning people to beware as the cover of
darkness can prove a tempting offer for opportunistic thieves to target vulnerable
Research released by Confused.com reveals that the most home insurance theft claims
are made in the month of November, accounting for 9.1 per cent of home insurance
theft claims*. This marks a huge 20% increasewhen compared with the month of April
where burglary claims were at their lowest**.
With the average cost of a burglary at £3,500***, its vital homeowners take all the
preventative measures they can to avoid becoming a victim. Confused.com urges people
to check their home insurance policies to make sure they are fully covered in the
event of a burglary as dark winter nights could prompt an increase in claims as a
result of break-ins.
Commenting, Sean O' Callaghan Detective Superintendent of Essex Police, said: "The
onset of darker evenings, marked by changing clocks, always signals a change of
tactics by police towards preventing burglaries. The cover of darkness has obvious
attractions to these criminals.
"In fact, in the month of November, 676 burglaries took place within the area of
Essex**. It is important to remember that opportunists carry out most burglaries.
As a resident you can make a few small changes to your property and your daily
routine that can help to make your home safer, by putting would-be burglars off and
making life very difficult for them."
Detective Superintendent O' Callaghan, continued: "Having your property burgled
can be very upsetting, as not only do the victims have to deal with the
psychological effects of having their home entered, but they also have to spend time
dealing with insurance companies to try and get back the monetary value of any
stolen items, whilst also coming to terms with the loss of any sentimental or
Mark Gabriel Head of Confused.com, Home Insurance, added: "Having adequate cover in
place will minimise the financial impact and take the sting out of having to replace
any of your stolen possessions."
For more home theft prevention tips, or to learn more about home contents insurance
Notes to Editors:
* The information is provided from Confused.com own home claims made between Aug 07– Jul 11. 9.1% of theft claims were made between the month of November
** & *** The information is provided by Confused.com’s own home claims data and is
based on customers who have made a claim in the last four years Aug -7 – Jul 11,
this is an average figure over four years.
Confused.com was the UK's first price comparison site for car insurance.
Confused.com is one of the UK's biggest and most popular price comparison service.
Launched in 2002, it generates over one million quotes per month. It has expanded
its range of comparison products over the last couple of years to include home
insurance, travel insurance, pet insurance, van insurance, motorbike insurance,
breakdown cover and energy, as well as financial services products including credit
cards, loans, mortgages and life insurance.
Confused.com is not a supplier, insurance company or broker. It provides a free,
objective and unbiased comparison service. By using cutting-edge technology, it has
developed a series of intelligent web-based solutions that evaluate a number of risk
factors to help customers with their decision-making, subsequently finding them
great deals on a wide-range of insurance products, financial services, utilities and
more. Confused.com's service is based on the most up-to-date information provided
by UK suppliers and industry regulators.
Confused.com is owned by the Admiral Group plc. Admiral listed on the London Stock
Exchange in September 2004. Confused.com is regulated by the FSA.
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