Burglars take advantage of darker nights. In Switzerland they strike particularly often in winter. There are a few effective steps you can take yourself to protect your home against burglars.
Every nine minutes there is a break-in somewhere in Switzerland. According to a Comparis study, almost 50 per cent of all household contents losses are caused by burglary. Every other break-in costs home and contents insurance companies an average of 8,400 francs.
Autumn and winter are the peak seasons for break-ins – mainly because it goes dark earlier. This means there is a window of opportunity for burglars to strike under the cover of darkness before people come home from work. After the clocks go back for winter, Swiss insurance companies register a spike of 20 per cent in home thefts.
However, many break-ins can be avoided without having to transform your home into Fort Knox. With this in mind, comparis.ch has compiled a list of 10 helpful tips for protecting yourself against burglary, simple theft and robbery.