Andrew Torrance CEO of Allianz Insurance responds to this morning’s news that the Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling is set to announce changes to the laws which govern the use of violence by homeowners to protect themselves and their families when they face an intruder in their home.
“We welcome any change to the law which clarifies for people how they are able to defend themselves and their home should they be faced with an intruder. Earlier this year we researched into this sensitive issue and one in 5 homeowners revealed they are very likely to use force to defend their home, but over half (52%) were unsure of their legal rights when faced with an intruder. However, I also hope that the importance of having good home security also forms part of the communication from the Government to help avoid an encounter with an intruder in the first place. Our research also revealed that nearly two-thirds of people (62%) said they would become more security conscious if they were to experience a burglary and would subsequently look at increasing their home’s security levels. We are urging homeowners not to wait for a burglary to happen but to look at their home security now.”
Allianz Insurance is one of the largest general insurers in the UK and part of the Allianz SE Group, one of the leading integrated financial services providers worldwide and the largest property and casualty insurer in the world. With approximately 142,000 employees worldwide, the Allianz Group serves approximately 78 million customers in more than 70 countries.
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