Contents insurance holders 'should not leave valuables on show'

Friday, 03 December 2010

Homeowners with contents insurance cover need to ensure they do not leave valuable items on show in their properties, it has been advised.

"With Christmas coming up, unfortunately burglars are known to head for the Christmas tree and take the presents from underneath," said Graeme Trudgill, head of corporate affairs at the British Insurance Brokers' Association.

If home insurance policyholders are heading away over the festive season they need to remember to cancel their milk and newspapers to try and make it less obvious their property is vacant, Mr Trudgill suggests.

He added: "It depends how long you are going away for, but if you are going on holiday for a month, then it is important to tell your insurance company because they might have a clause saying there is no theft cover if you are away for more than a month."

Recently, Defaqto advised people to check their contents insurance covers significant sums of cash in the home.

Posted by Rebecca Mellor

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