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Number of insurance claims for house robberies grows 23% on holidays

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIn the past three years, the number of insurance claims for compensations for apartment robberies and houses has increased 23% during holidays and celebrations, according to data from BALTA Insurance Company. The average compensation amount paid for such cases reaches EUR 1,000. The largest compensation paid recently was EUR 100,000.

«Unfortunately, holidays and weekends are the times when apartment owners often leave their homes for several days. Thieves find this especially useful. Criminals use such opportunities to break into comes without major problems. The number of insurance claims for the compensation of losses for robberies usually increases during and after holidays. This is why we urge residents who plan to leave their homes for long holidays to consider the safety of their home before leaving,» says Ingus Savickis, BALTA Insurance Claim Office director.

Robberies are the second most often reason for compensation claims – 14% of all insurance claims submitted last year were associated with robberies. According to Savickis, State Police registers ten burglary cases every day. According to data from BALTA, 45% of robberies involve break-in through the door, 36% involve break-in through windows and in 11% of cases criminals enter homes through balconies or terraces. Although thieves most often steal computers, phones, bicycles, jewellery and money, it is worth mentioning that thieves will steal anything of value they can find.

BALTA offers multiple recommendations on how to ensure home security:

-always keep all doors locked, even if you step out for a moment;

-use curtains in the evening so that thieves cannot study owners’ habits and see where they put their valuables;

-NEVER leave keys in the lock;

-always pick high-quality security elements. For apartment owners, these include doors with complex locks. For house owners, these include window protection elements and secure doors, especially if the house is located in an isolated area;

-pick doors and locks with increased level of security. It is best to install double doors;

-for private homes or ground floor apartments, it is a good idea to outfit windows with anti-burglar fittings or blockers;

-alarm system serves as an additional security element that will make life harder for thieves;

-it is a good idea to install bars on windows for apartments located on the ground floor;

-do not keep valuables close to the door. Valuables should be kept in a safe attacked to the floor or wall.

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