Jul 13

Advice for landlords as hot weather sees spate of opportunistic thefts

The sun has not stopped shining and the windows have never been closed. As police departments across the country report an increase of opportunistic thefts as a result of the hot weather, We are reminding landlords and their tenants not be complacent and forget key security measures which could put their property and its contents at risk.

We advise the following:
  1. It is inevitable that at some point during the hot spell, tenants renting a property will have kept the windows and doors open but have they always remembered to lock up at the end of each night? Forgetting to do this puts a property at risk, making it an easy target for burglars. Remind tenants to check all doors and windows at the end of each day and if they must leave windows open throughout the night then make sure it is secure to do so.
  2. Installing security measures such as CCTV, alarms or sensor lights can often deter a burglar from approaching the property. Such security measures are reassuring for tenants.
  3. Landlords should also ensure tenants renting properties with gardens have proper locks in order to secure sheds and outbuildings which may contain both the tenants’ and landlord’s belongings, such as garden tools or motor vehicles. These are often the first target for ‘summer thieves’.  With longer days and lighter evenings people are less likely to draw their curtains meaning valuables are often left on display. Not everything can be put away but items such as tablets, mobile phones and laptops should be hidden from view to avoid appealing to opportunists.
  4. If tenants are going away in the coming weeks, landlords may wish to think about measures to make the property look occupied whilst it is vacant. Timer lights can give a “lived in” look in the evenings. Alternatively, arrange with the tenants to pay a visit to the property in their absence to clear post, move bins and check the property is secure.

About the author

Eddie Hooker Photograph Eddie Hooker has been involved in the insurance industry since 1985.  He worked with many large insurers such as Legal & General and AXA Insurance prior to setting up his own insurance business, Hamilton Fraser, in 1996.  Hamilton Fraser now employs over 130 staff out of their North London office, dealing with various insurance products for the buy-to-let property market such landlord insurance, rent guarantee insurance, emergency cover and tenancy deposit protection. 

Eddie and Hamilton Fraser Insurance first started to provide landlord insurance as early as 1996 when they became involved with the Small Landlord Association, which later became the National Landlords Association. 

By working closely with the industry’s leading companies Eddie and his team have built up a detailed understanding of the landlord market ensuring that the customer experience is founded on knowledge and support.  This has been highlighted in a recent customer survey that found that 95% of Hamilton Fraser customers were either satisfied or more than satisfied with the service provided by the company.

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