Homeowners have been urged to install industry-approved locks in their property.
According to Graeme Trudgill, technical and corporate affairs executive at the British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA), adding approved locks will not only add extra security, but could make insurance cheaper.
When it comes to home security, Mr Trudgill recommended taking all the necessary precautions to prevent a property being attractive to burglars.
“Have them fitted by a proper fitter and if the budget permits go [for] an alarm system as that is an extra deterrent,” the expert added.
He explained that simply having an alarm could act as a deterrent to potential thieves, as opportunists will go for the easy option of a house without an alarm rather than one that is clearly protected.
A recent study from Mintel found that only a third of adults in the UK take care to ensure their door is properly locked when leaving the house.
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