Summer and Facebook - thieves love them both

 Aviva Canada data shows home burglaries increase in summer months and advises  Canadians to not post vacation plans on social media  TORONTO, June 10, 2014 /CNW/ - After one of the worst winters in recent  memory, many Canadians are starting to take advantage of the weather with  trips away from home. And with the most popular vacation months just ahead,  Aviva Canada Inc., one of the country's leading providers of home, auto,  leisure and business insurance, is reminding all Canadians to take precautions  to protect their homes and belongings from theft while away from the home.  Data from Aviva Canada clearly shows that residential burglary claims increase  dramatically over the summer months. Compared to February - which has the  lowest frequency of burglaries - July, August and September show an increase  of 24%, 36% and 18% respectively.  "While we are pleased to see a general trend of decline in the instance of  burglaries, Canadians need to be reminded that a few simple steps can help  make them less of a target for this crime," states Wayne Ross. "Thieves know  that homes are less occupied through the summer, so don't make it easy to tell  that you're away."  Aviva Canada suggests these precautions:        --  Keep your upcoming vacation plans off of social media and         remind your kids to do the same. While you may be diligent with         who can see what you post, some of your friends may not have         tight privacy settings;     --  Consider upgrading the locking systems on your doors and         windows. Also inspect window or door frames to ensure thieves         could not easily force entry;     --  Ensure all windows and doors are locked when out of the home or         overnight, and when moving into a new property have the locks         changed;     --  Make a home look occupied when you're away. Park a car in the         driveway, leave some household lights and a radio on, ask a         neighbour to collect mail and newspapers and mow your lawn;     --  Install a security device with a loud alarm or flashing lights.         Some alarms contact authorities directly when they have been         activated;     --  Do a home inventory with your video camera, it will take         minutes, but will save you the stress and heartache of listing         all of your possession. The Aviva customer survey also         indicates only half of respondents have some form of home         inventory.  Value of thefts increasing While the frequency of burglary is on the decline  in Canada, the value of property being stolen is on the rise. For Aviva  Canada, the average value of a burglary claim has increased 27% over the last  five years from $5,695 to $7,243. This can be attributed to the value of  easier to steal and sell items such as jewelry, tablet and laptop computers,  cell phones, video cameras and gaming consoles.  "Thieves are generally not  after larger items such as big screen TVs and stereo systems," Ross added.  Friday is a favourite for thieves Aviva insurance claims data also indicates  that break-ins are more common at the start of the weekend, with Friday  showing the greatest incidence at 25% higher than Sunday, the day with the  lowest incidence of break-ins. Thursday also shows a high rate of break-in  frequency at 19% higher than Sunday.  Quebec, Manitoba and British Columbia trend higher than rest of Canada Based  on Aviva Canada data from 2009 to 2013, Quebec homeowners have the highest  frequency of break-ins at almost two times that of the national average. At  just over one third of the national average, the Atlantic Provinces have the  lowest frequency of burglary claims.     Province                         Frequency of Burglaries (vs.                                      National Average)     --------                         ----------------------------     Quebec                          93% above the national average     ------                          ------------------------------     Manitoba                        29% above the national average     --------                        ------------------------------     British Columbia                21% above the national average     ----------------                ------------------------------     Alberta                         5% below the national average     -------                         -----------------------------     SK, NT, NU, YK*                 16% below the national average     --------------                  ------------------------------     Ontario                         17% below the national average     -------                         ------------------------------     Atlantic Provinces*             65% below the national average     ------------------              ------------------------------  If you return home to find you've been the victim of a burglary, contact your  insurance broker as soon as possible after alerting the authorities. Aviva  also offers a single point of contact to begin the claims process quickly and  efficiently. The toll-free claims line is 1-866-MY AVIVA, and it's open 24/7  so customers can talk to an Aviva Claims Care Advisor immediately.  About Aviva Canada Aviva Canada is one of the leading Property and Casualty  insurance groups in Canada providing home, automobile, recreational vehicle,  group and business insurance to more than three million customers. The Company  is a wholly-owned subsidiary of UK-based Aviva plc and has more than 3,000  employees, 25 locations and 1,700 independent broker partners. Aviva Canada  and its employees invest in positive change including through the Aviva  Community Fund and Eva's Initiatives, its partner in Aviva's global Street to  School program to help homeless and other at-risk youth reach their potential.  For more information visit, our blog or our Twitter, Facebook  and LinkedIn pages.  *Burglary claim counts in NB, NF, NS, PE, SK, NT, NU and YK were combined due  to low frequency.    SOURCE  Aviva Canada Inc.  Media Contact: Glenn Cooper, Senior Manager, Public Relations and Social  Media, Aviva Canada Inc., Desk: (416) 288-2685, Mobile: (416) 523-3225,  To view this news release in HTML formatting, please use the following URL:  CO: Aviva Canada Inc. ST: Ontario NI: INS ECOSURV  
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