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Christmas burglaries cost $414,000 per day

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 19/12/2016
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Burglaries from last Christmas and the New Year period resulted in insurance claims costing $414,000 per day, the country's insurance council says.

In urging Kiwis to be more careful this festive period, the Insurance Council of New Zealand said insurers last season paid out $8.7 million for the 2654 burglary related claims from December 20, 2015 to January 10, 2016.

Two burglary claims in particular were for more than $100,000 each, while 183 burglary claims were for more than $10,000 each.

"No one wants to become a burglary statistic and so we are urging people to see their property from a burglar's point of view," Insurance Council chief executive Tim Grafton said.

"Taking 10 minutes now to think about how you can better protect your property from the increased risks of burglary and loss at this time of year could save a lot of heartache later."

The council said burglary-related claims from homes and commercial businesses also increased last Christmas period from the year before.

It said insurers paid $6.15m for 2085 burglary related claims for the same December-to-January period in 2014/15.

COUNCIL TIPS FOR A SAFE HOME:

* Don't advertise that you are away, including on social media, and make it appear someone is at home. Use lights on timers and arrange for someone to collect your mail

* Don't leave a phone voicemail saying you are away

* Check door locks, windows and the security of your garage and outbuildings

* Have sensor lights fitted near entry points

* Record serial numbers and take photos of expensive items on the SNAP database (www.snap.org.nz)

* Lock away jewellery, portable electronic devices and any other valuables

* Check with your insurer whether you are covered if you are away from your home for a long period or if you have friends staying while you are away

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