Whilst your home insurance covers the financial loss you suffer as a result of a break-in, nothing can protect you from the emotional trauma and shock suffered when a stranger ransacks your home and rummages through your belongings. However, there is a lot you can do to help prevent it from happening in the first place.
All External Doors
Fit five-lever mortice deadlocks (or their equivalent) to all external doors and you should lock these doors even if you are out for just a short time.
All Accessible Windows
A large number of break-ins occur through windows. Fit security locks to all accessible windows, i.e. those on the ground floor or near any drainpipes of flat roofs.
Going Out at Night
When you go out for the evening, it's a good idea to draw the curtains and leave a light on in the living room or bedroom. Leaving the hall light on is not a good deterrent. Keep your garage/garden shed locked. Do not leave garden implements, especially ladders, lying around. They could help a thief gain access to your home.
Going on Holiday
When you go on holiday, cancel all deliveries, i.e. milk, newspapers etc. Inform your local Garda station that you will be away.
What to do in the event of a burglary
If you have suffered a break-in please call us as soon as possible at 01 613 3990, as it is often necessary to carry out emergency repairs to doors and windows to secure your home. To this effect our nationwide panel of repairers, Glasscare can be dispatched to your home as soon as possible following your call. It may also be necessary for us arrange an inspection. To assist you we WILL need the following information:
- How entry was gained to your property;
- The extent of any damage caused to the buildings;
- Details of any items taken;
- The Garda/Police station you reported the break-in to;
- The Garda/Police report reference number;
When dealing with your claim you will be asked to provide documents (receipts, manuals, valuations etc.) for any stolen items. It would be helpful to start gathering this information as soon as possible.
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