Locks are the key to a successful Insurance policy claim
Worryingly, the majority of householders have no idea of the precise type of locks that are fitted to any of their doors, yet blithely believe that the existing locks would meet current standards, insurance brokers have warned.
But householders could find themselves thousands of pounds out of pocket if their home is burgled and they try to make an insurance claim.
If the insurer believes the locks don't measure up to standards, it could lead to a claim on your policy being deemed as invalid.
Many uPVC doors have multipoint locking but this is has a weak point mainly the cylinder (where you put the key in) this can be snapped with ease to gain entry.
If you've drawn a blank at the gobbledegook, you're in good company. For most home contents policies, the phrase runs: "You must have a 'five-lever mortice lock' conforming to BS3621 on all exit doors and key-operated locks on all ground floor and accessible windows" - although the wording may vary slightly. Not all policies insist on such locks, however, some offer you a discount of up to 5% if you have them installed.
But unless you've recently moved into a new-build home where it's made clear that the developer has specifically fitted such locks, it's difficult to tell which locks you have without the benefit of specialist knowledge, says a spokesman for the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS).
If you are unsure of which locks you have at home, you can always tick "no" on the forms, but you may end up paying a substantially higher premium on your policy. This is where Denbigh Locksmiths can help and advise you.
To ensure you don't leave yourself exposed to problems with any future claim ask your Local Locksmith to check and advise you on a course of action that complies with the latest insurance standards. Its not just locks we deal with we also want to try and educate people on all manner of security issues Denbigh Locksmiths
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Resourced from the guardian newspaper