Summer thefts ‘could increase debt concerns’

Holidaymakers could see their debt concerns worsen this summer by leaving their homes unattended, it has been suggested.

M&S Money has urged Br…

Holidaymakers could see their debt concerns worsen this summer by leaving their homes unattended, it has been suggested.

M&S Money has urged Britons heading abroad to adequately secure their homes and prevent them being vulnerable to thieves.

A survey carried out by the organisation found more than two-thirds (69 per cent) of travellers are planning on leaving their property for at least one night in August.

Of these people, more than half (51 per cent) admitted they will be leaving their place of residence empty.

Moreover, almost a quarter (24 per cent) of such households said they would not ask a trusted friend or neighbour to check on their abode while they were absent.

The investigation revealed more than two-thirds (68 per cent) of individuals living in Britain leave spare keys with other people who do not live at their property, while 17 per cent stated they have concealed keys outside their homes at some point while they are away.

Andrew Ferguson, head of general insurance at the organisation, noted: “With August being one of the most popular months for people to go away, we would urge homeowners to take appropriate steps to ensure their home is secure while they enjoy their holidays.”

M&S Money added there are a number of tips people could follow to help minimise the risk of a house theft while abroad.

These included advising a friend when going away, asking somebody to check the property, not hiding the keys outside the residence and cancelling any regular deliveries.

Endsleigh recently advised students heading to university to look after their belongings after finding the average scholar will be taking around £4,000 worth of possessions when they leave home.

By Amy White

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