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Stay safe this Summer

Don’t leave the door open to thieves

Open windows and properties left empty while owners go on holiday provide an attractive opportunity for burglars. Theft claims rise by 10% during the summer, and garden theft usually increases with thieves targeting tools and equipment from your shed, plants, garden furniture and ornaments. Some even use your tools to try to get into your house.

Our top tips to stop summer thieves:

  • Always lock garden equipment and tools away when you’re not using them.
  • Use solid locks that can’t easily be broken on your shed, garage and garden gate.
  • A trellis on top of your walls and fences will make climbing into your garden more difficult.
  • Cut back trees or shrubs near your shed, so thieves can’t hide behind them.
  • Keep your ladder locked away, as it may be used to access an open window.
  • Always be wary of leaving doors and windows open if you’re not near them.
  • When you’re on holiday, leave low energy lights on a timer and ask a neighbour to check on your property and pick up your mail.
  • Remember to cancel any deliveries while you’re away.
  • A car parked in the driveway can give the impression that someone is at home. If you’re taking yours with you, why not ask a neighbour if they’d mind using your drive while you’re away?

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The burning issue of barbeques

There are two major risks associated with barbeques: Food poisoning and fire. We want to help make sure your barbeque is safe as well as fun, so here are some pointers to help you avoid both.

Preventing food poising:

  • Ensure meat is completely defrosted in the fridge before you start cooking.
  • Light the barbeque well in advance to allow time for it to heat up. The coals should be glowing red before you start to cook.
  • Pre-cook chicken in the oven before finishing it off on the barbeque.
  • Make sure you wash your hands regularly, especially if you’re handling both raw and cooked food.
  • Eat the food as soon as it’s ready.

Keeping blazes confined to the barbeque:

  • Choose a sheltered site and keep it away from fences, plants or anything else that could catch on fire.
  • Make sure children and pets stay out of the way.
  • Only use lighter fuel specifically designed for barbeques and don’t add any more once you’ve got the fire going.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher, bucket of water or sand to hand.
  • Don’t wear loose clothing that could catch on fire.
  • Wear oven gloves and use long-handled utensils.
  • Once you’ve finished, extinguish the fire before leaving it and make sure the coals and ashes are completely cold, before disposing of them on your garden or compost heap, not in with your normal rubbish.

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Summer road trip tips

This summer you may be planning to set off in your car on a long trip, however the hottest days of the year can see a 50% increase in motor accidents, so do be careful.

If you’re involved in an accident:

  • It’s important to write down the details as this will help us speed up the claims process for you.
  • Include the date, time and location of the accident, the vehicles and people involved, an account of what happened, eyewitness accounts and a diagram of the accident.
  • If possible, take photos of the scene and close-ups of the damage.
  • Never admit you were at fault. It’s up to the insurance companies to agree who caused the incident when they’re in possession of all the facts.

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For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us:


Tel: 01494 455 655

Source: Aviva