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Homeowners encouraged to make security improvements

Homeowners have been advised to improve security measures to protect their homes from burglars.Virgin Money has suggested that consumers invest in an intruder alarm and ensure they lock all doors and windows when leaving their property unattended.As well as choosing an adequate home insurance policy, the company advised homeowners to install a safe and avoid leaving valuable items on view.The advice follows a statement from the justice secretary that homeowners have the right to use force against people who break into their properties.Virgin spokesman Grant Bather said: "The fear is that softer sentencing for burglars or the announcement by the Justice Secretary will encourage people to take the law into their own hands. The reality is that burglary rates are coming down and that fear of crime is often a bigger risk than crime itself."Relying on insurance and simple security measures are the best ways to protect yourself and give peace of mind."

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