Direct Line has revealed which items burglars target the most, with bicycles, mobiles, power tools, laptops and tablets topping the list.
But the insurer also gave owners of the products high on thieves’ shopping lists some top tips to help them to beat the burglars and keep their possessions safe.
1. Turn on device tracking
Digital devices including phones, tablets and laptops often have security features that allow them to be tracked if they are stolen and even wiped or deactivated. You can also contact your mobile network and have them block a device if it falls into the wrong hands.
2. Be careful with packaging
Bought a shiny new gadget? If you leave the packaging outside your home, criminals will know, too. Direct Line recommends you take the waste to a local recycling bin. Also, don’t keep receipts with items and be sure to shred any unwanted ones for security.
3. Keep the lights on
If you’re likely to be spending time outside your house, leave a light on to give the impression that somebody’s still at home. If you’re going to be away for a while you can buy timers for your lights that can turn them on and off automatically at set times.
4. Secure sheds and garages
Remember that it’s not just your house that you need to keep secure. If you keep high-value items like power tools and garden equipment in your shed or garage, make sure it is locked and make use of security features like alarms and security lights.
5. Take care of your bike
To make it easier for the police to identify and return your bike if it is stolen, make a note or take a photograph of any frame numbers on it. Also, it goes without saying that like any other item, your bike is safest if it is locked up away from potential thieves.