Identity theft rises by more than 30%

May 29th, 2015

Lock & keyIdentity theft is a growing problem that everybody needs to take much more seriously. A recent report by a leading fraud prevention agency has revealed the number of victims of identity theft rose by nearly a third in the first quarter of 2015. If the trend continues it’s estimated that more than 128,000 Britons will have their identity stolen by the end of the year. Read the rest of this entry »

Guide to Holiday Home Insurance

April 16th, 2015

Coloured homesWith the holiday season in full swing it’s essential to make sure that you’ve got your property covered; or your dream holiday home could become your worst nightmare. Read the rest of this entry »

The Keys to a Perfect Crime

February 27th, 2015

Garden NoambsWhy bother breaking and entering when you can let yourself in through the front door? Last year the police recorded more than 6,000 burglaries as ‘unforced entries’ where stray spare keys were used to gain access to the property. Sometimes the keys had been stolen, sometimes they had simply fallen into the wrong hands, but most often they had been ‘hidden’ somewhere near to the property. Read the rest of this entry »

Cyber Security Tips for Small Businesses

February 6th, 2015

Cyber security tabThe Internet is a great way to generate new business and keep in-touch with customers, but with increased opportunity comes increased risk. Cyber crime is never far from the headlines and cyber criminals will ruthlessly exploit any weakness they can find. The following steps are designed to make sure your cyber defences are in good shape and that your business is protected:  Read the rest of this entry »

Where’s the Most Burgled Town in Britain?

January 30th, 2015

BurglarResearch by a leading price comparison website has revealed which postcodes were most burgled last year and the report makes for uncomfortable reading. The East London suburb of Dagenham won the dubious accolade of being Britain’s Most Burgled Town with 5.5% of homes being broken into. Put another way that’s one in every twenty homes and average claims added-up to £5,117 in stolen goods. Read the rest of this entry »

Safety on Bonfire Night

October 20th, 2014

MatchesBonfire Night has been celebrated across the country ever since Guy Fawkes’ botched attempt to blow up the House of Lords way back in 1605. In fact, it was illegal not to celebrate November the 5th until as recently as 1959! Read the rest of this entry »

Ten Ways to Accidentally Invalidate your Home Insurance

June 19th, 2014

Open book of hand complete puzzle homeHome insurance is a cost effective financial safeguard against a wide range of unforeseen circumstances. However, it’s important that you carefully read the small print before taking-out a policy or you could unwittingly invalidate your cover. Here are ten common reasons why home insurance claims are commonly rejected: Read the rest of this entry »

How to beat the burglars: police warn of ‘sticker scam’

February 10th, 2014

Burglar with flashlightBurglary is a particularly unpleasant crime; robbing victims of much more than material possessions. So it’s great to read the latest government statistics that put household theft at an all time low. The Crime Survey of England and Wales has recorded a 19% drop in burglaries since the survey began in 1981. Read the rest of this entry »

Burglary Prevention: Tips from the Burglars

November 27th, 2013

Snow printWith long dark nights and houses stuffed full of Christmas gifts; the festive season provides rich picking for burglars. We’ve previously posted on the basics of home security and now we’ve got some more unusual tips from the burglars themselves. Read the rest of this entry »

How to get Cheaper Home Insurance

October 7th, 2013

Home pictureAt Quoteline Direct we know that every penny counts, which is why we guarantee to beat your current home insurance renewal premium by at least 10%. What’s more we’ve got plenty of practical tips to help you further cut the cost of your home insurance.

What’s it worth: When getting a home insurance quote avoid the temptation to dream-up a figure for the overall value of your contents and quickly move on the next question. Statistics show that the majority of homes are seriously underinsured, so take time to work your way through each room adding-up the various totals, and don’t forget to include carpets and curtains. Read the rest of this entry »