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Following home secretary Jacqui Smith’s recent warning of a possible rise in levels of theft, burglary and robbery as the recession takes hold, householders are being warned by CallUma, the overseas assistance specialists, to take extra precautions when leaving their homes during the festive holiday season.

With an average of 1 in 5 houses left empty over Christmas, this is an ideal time for burglars to take their pick of the many expensive gifts on offer.

CEO Tony Partridge warns “Burglaries are traditionally rife at this time of year and, with the current economic hardship, things are only likely to get worse.” He continues, “However, there are a number of measures householders can take to minimise the risk. It’s well worth making sure you do as much as you can to protect yourself, your home and your belongings. So,...

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