25 June 2013

Posted by Discount Insurance on Tuesday, June 25, 2013
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With Wimbledon on the tele, and the sun tentatively poking its head through the clouds every once in a while - I guess that we can say that the great British Summer is here folks!

Whilst it is tempting to sit back and relax and take your eye of the ball with regards to your home, the summer presents a number of different challenges in keeping your property secure.

It is likely that you may be going on holiday during the summer months - and have probably spent 50 weeks of the year looking forward to it - but don’t let any problems or incidents with your property dampen your return.  

Thieves are aware that properties are likely to be unoccupied for longer periods during the summer, so don’t give them any opportunities. Make sure all doors are double locked, all windows are shut, and garden gates and sheds locked.

If possible you should also give the impression that the property isn’t completely vacant. Measures such as leaving one car on the drive way, or getting someone to call round and check on the property give a sense of activity to would-be thieves who may be watching.     

For safety and peace of mind, you should also make sure that all plugs are off and unplugged, and that your gas is also turned off.   

Although the days stay lighter for longer in the summer months, the risk of burglaries is still high. In fact the number of thefts from out houses such as sheds and garages actually rises during the summer, so make these are properly secured.  

Furthermore during the summer months, you are likely to spend more time outside and are likely to be tempted to leave window and back doors open - don’t give opportunist thieves the chance.

Don’t leave expensive items such as laptops, iPods and stereo speakers, power tools and lawnmowers outside either, as this is an open invitation.   

The summer months sees a natural increase in the number of insects and bugs around. Whilst these are usually harmless, they can become a problem if left unattended. As soon as you notice an influx of ants, wasps, or even rats you need to act. Most pests can be easily dealt with by buying some poison or traps from your local hardware store.

However, you shouldn’t attempt to remove a wasp nest or bee hive, contact a professional pest controller (can be found online or by using the yellow pages) to avoid a sting to both yourself and your property!

We don’t want to be killjoys here - we know how much fun a barbeque can be, but they can cause issues if not done properly. The mix of alcohol and open fire near your property or outhouses should be taken seriously.

Here are some measures you can take to ensure everyone has a fun, safe time -
  • Check your barbecue is in good condition (particularly if you have not used it for some time) and look for loose or damaged parts that may need adjustment or repair
  • Consider the location carefully – you should place your BBQ on level ground, away from fences, sheds and overhanging trees
  • Never light a barbecue in an enclosed space
  • Particular care should be taken in hot, dry weather to reduce the risk of starting a forest or grass fire
  • Never pour petrol or other accelerants on to a barbecue. You run the risk of the barbecue “exploding” in your face
  • Don’t leave children unsupervised near a barbecue
  • Make sure the barbecue is fully extinguished before you leave it
  • Take care when getting rid of a disposable barbecue, or barbecue coals - ensure they have cooled down before placing them in a bin.
  • It is also common courtesy to let your neighbours know that you intend to hold one, so that they can get their washing in to avoid it all smelling of smoke, 
  • Be considerate with regards to volume of music and noise late at night. This helps to avoid any ugly disputes with those who live next door!  

Have a great summer folks and make sure you property and contents are covered against all the above.
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Richard Anthony