What is Health and Safety advises Home Owners to ‘secure your belongings with asset tags ahead of summer’ based on Aviva Report

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• What is Health and Safety encourages home owners to protect their property before summer • Asset tags seen as an efficient way to safeguard both indoor and outdoor equipment • Advice follows worrying theft statistics from insurance company Aviva

"So try not to advertise what you've got, make sure sheds and summerhouses are properly secured and clear up your garden every evening so there's nothing lying around that could tempt a criminal on to your property."

Seton is urging households to invest in asset tags right now following recent figures that suggest summer is a prime time for opportunistic thieves. The online retailer is taking the latest statistics from Aviva (the UK’s largest insurance company) very seriously and is keen to support the use of security labels.

According to Aviva, thefts from gardens and outbuildings increase by over a quarter when the clocks go forward (25 per cent)*. Everything from state-of-the-art lawn mowers to basic rakes are stolen from outside peoples’ homes, while insurance claims increase as the days get longer. Of the equipment stolen last year, 42 per cent of thefts were for powered tools, 39 per cent were hand tools and 19 per cent were for electric or petrol-powered lawnmowers, as well as chainsaws and ladders** - showing no products are safe.

Peter Ketteringham, household underwriting manager at Aviva, says; "Extra hours of sunlight are obviously very welcome after months of darkness, but it also means that your expensive power tools, bikes and golf clubs are more visible than ever to a passing thief, as is your home security- or lack of it!"

"So try not to advertise what you've got, make sure sheds and summerhouses are properly secured and clear up your garden every evening so there's nothing lying around that could tempt a criminal on to your property."

"And bear in mind that loose items like ladders and wheelie bins are perfect for burglars to use to get into your home, so shut them away, out of sight if you can."

Matt Hornsby, a spokesman for health and safety blog whatishealthandsafety.co.uk has also reinforced the importance of home safety. “Aviva’s offered a wealth of professional advice,” he explained. “However, I’d also recommend that people order an array of asset tags to protect their property. These adhesive labels might be small, but they can deter thieves and help keep track of lost or stolen items”.
Placing asset labels to personal belongings could save homeowners money and should be done before summer.

Placing asset labels to personal belongings could save homeowners money and should be done before summer.

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*Aviva claims statistics 2002 – 2011
**Aviva theft claim statistics from January to December 2011

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