By Sarah Barton, Terri Scheer Insurance Distribution Channel Manager The weather is warmer, gardens are…
With the festive season about to kick off and covid restrictions easing around the country, many of us will spend more time out and about socialising with friends and family, and going away on holidays.
Unfortunately, it’s also a time when residential properties may be targeted by opportunistic thieves.
This can potentially leave landlords at an increased risk of an insurance claim this festive season.
Protecting your property from theft during the festive season is a good risk management strategy for landlords and property managers can provide valuable insight to their landlords on this matter.
Here’s some ways to avoid theft at your property this festive season.
When it comes to protecting your property, security should always be front of mind.
Property managers can advise their landlords on appropriate security measures to consider to prevent potential break-ins and keep their tenants safe.
It may involve fitting the property with security alarm systems which can be monitored remotely.
Installing deadlocks on doors and locks on windows may also reduce the likelihood of break-ins during the festive season.
Security screens fitted on accessible windows may also help deter unwanted guests from breaking in.
Make the property look lived in
If a tenant is going away over Christmas, it’s important to create the impression the property is being lived in.
This may mean hiring a gardener to maintain the exterior of the property to avoid signs that the property is unoccupied. This includes mowing the grass and ensuring overhanging trees and shrubs are cut back.
Installing automatic lighting systems can also give the impression that someone is home as the lights are on and help keep opportunistic thieves at bay.
Property managers can remind their tenants who plan to go away to cancel their newspaper delivery, redirect their mail or ask a trusted neighbour to collect mail on their behalf.
For further information, call 1800 804 016.
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