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Legal & General warns over allowing staff into homes

Allowing home help such as cleaners, gardeners and odd job men, into your house can pose a significant risk to security, a home insurance company has warned. Legal & General's survey of UK spending habits found that among the 41 per cent UK households which employ help, some 17 per cent use a cleaner. Meanwhile, seven per cent pay someone to help with their ironing, while 17 per cent delegate their gardening to a professional. The potential security risk of this arises when these employees are given keys allowing them access to homes, according to Ruth Wilkins, head of communications at Legal & General's general insurance business. She said: "Having people in our home to help with the household chores may mean a higher security risk. For example, extra keys may need to be cut to allow a cleaner or gardener entry when nobody else is around. "So it's a good idea to do a few checks on anyone that we let into our homes, particularly those who we are going to trust with a set of house keys."

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