Trustworthy neighbours 'important'
A quarter of people interviewed for a new survey said having trustworthy neighbours is crucial to feeling secure at home.
Although two-fifths (42%) agree that having good locks on doors is important, three in 10 people often leave their home without locking the door if they are nipping out for a short time, according to the Association of British Insurers (ABI) poll.
Of all burglaries committed, around a third are carried out by opportunists, so an unlocked door or window will be tempting for these types, the ABI warned.
The research shows how important it is for people to take out decent home insurance cover for peace of mind that their home is secure.
Nick Starling, of the ABI, said: "While it can be reassuring for householders to have neighbours they can trust, this alone cannot substitute the value of sensible home security measures.
"Common mistakes such as leaving doors unlocked and windows open could invite thieves, putting your possessions at risk."
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