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Are You Leaving the Door Open to Thieves?

July 23, 2013

Nationwide Insurance Survey Reveals Homeowners' Habits Make it Easy for Thieves to Rob Homes

Columbus, Ohio - As many Americans enjoy summer vacations, day trips and barbeques, some will unfortunately return home to find they have been burglarized. According to Nationwide Insurance claims data and FBI statistics, home theft occurs more in June, July and August than any other months of the year.

A recent survey commissioned by Nationwide survey reveals that, while a majority of homeowners (79 percent) have at least one common theft-prevention measure (e.g., alarm system, deadbolt), three in 10 (30 percent) do not use any, potentially putting their loved ones and belongings at unnecessary risk during a heightened burglary season.

“At Nationwide, we’re committed to protecting our members and what is most important to them,” explains Pete Lore, associate vice president of property technical claims at Nationwide. “We conducted this survey to identify common behaviors that could expose home and personal property to thieves. What we found was that homeowners can, and should, do more to protect their belongings.”

The Harris Interactive survey of 1,005 Americans with a homeowners or condo insurance policy shows that common misconceptions about theft can cause people to create unnecessary risks, leaving homes and belongings more vulnerable to burglars.

Homeowners admit risky behaviors

“Preventive measures only work if you use them. We want to ensure homeowners recognize the importance of taking those few extra steps to keep themselves, their families and their belongings safe,” adds Lore.

Nationwide offered the following tips as a result of the survey findings:

“The items in a home are what make it a home. That’s why we offer our members Brand New Belongings coverage. If a theft occurs, we’ll reimburse the member the full cost to repair or replace the covered personal property with new or articles similar to those stolen or destroyed. That’s the benefit to being part of the Nation,” explains Lore.1

For more information on how to keep your home safe and what to do in the event home theft occurs, consumers can check out this home prevention infographic or contact your local Nationwide agent. Consumers can see how they stack up on the theft-prevention behaviors by taking Nationwide’s home theft quiz.

Contact your Nationwide Insurance sales agent for more details on Brand New Belongings.1

For more information on the survey, please view the survey summary.


The survey was conducted online by Harris Interactive on behalf of Nationwide Insurance from May 21 to May 29, 2013. Respondents were comprised of 1,005 U.S. adults aged 18+ who have a homeowners insurance policy or a condo insurance policy with any insurance company. Results are weighted to the U.S. General Population adults ages 18+ in terms of age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region and household income. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for consumers’ propensity to be online. Research participants were drawn from the Harris Poll Online (HPOL) research panel. Because the sample is based on those who were invited to participate in the HPOL panel, we cannot calculate estimates of theoretical sampling error.

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