Managing Your Risk

At Barker Insurance, we believe a pro-active approach rather than a reactive approach is the key to managing your risk. Managing your risk profile helps to keep your claims or loss ratio* down, which in turn keeps your premiums down. Below are a few suggestions for managing your risk:

Additional vehicle security:

Installing additional security in your vehicle will not only reduce the risk of theft but it will also reduce your premium. Should you install a tracking device in your vehicle, you will have a nil theft/hijack excess. Please bear in mind, if you are currently receiving a tracking discount on your vehicle and the device is not installed or not operational, you have no theft cover. It is recommended to call your tracking company to test your unit every three months. Smash and grab window tint is also an effective way to combat attempted hijacks.

Driver awareness courses:

Especially for drivers that have recently received their licence and have had less experience on the road, completing an additional driver awareness course will heighten their awareness on the road, general road safety and become a more economical and confident driver. Should a client complete an awareness course and is under the age of 25, in the event of an accident, we will waiver the additional young drivers excess”. For further information, visit

Lockblocking on vehicles:

The thieves have recently been using a device which blocks your central locking from working on your vehicle and then once you have left your car, they either steal the vehicle or its contents. When utilising a public parking area, double check your vehicle has locked properly when using your remote. There are devices on that market that prevent Lock-blocking/Jam-locking, for more information, see

Valuables in your vehicle:

It is always a good idea to keep any valuables carried in your vehicle locked away in your boot and not visible to the passer-by i.e. laptops and handbags.

Don’t use your cellphone while driving:

Talking on your cellphone or texting while driving increases your chances of having an accident by more than 60%. Install a Bluetooth kit or just refrain. Your friends will still be there when you get to your destination.

Check alarm systems in your home:

Test your home alarm system and panic buttons every three months or before heading off on holiday, and upgrade your device if necessary. Your theft cover on your contents is subject to your alarm system being operational.

Never drink and drive:

All those adverts are out there for a reason. A great idea is to ditch the car for the night and UBER to and from your destination or register with a chauffeur service to ensure that you and your vehicle get home in one piece. 

Good driving habits:

Always practise good driving habits. Reducing your speed, keeping a  generous following distance as well as a good attitude on the road, have all been proven to reduce accidents and aggravation on the road.

Surge protection/lightning protection:

Power surge and Lightning claims continue to be one of the most frequent types of claims reported to Barker Insurance. We would like to do our best to prevent the damage and inconvenience caused by these claims. Barker insurance offers 1 x Free Surge Protection device for your Single Phase or 3 Phase Distribution board at your insured home or office. For further information, visit or view our special deal HERE . For site investigations and installation of devices, contact Paul van As on or 072 601 1595

Clearing gutters:

Make this an annual task in your diary just before the rainy session. Simply clearing your gutters could help avoid leaks, water damage or flooding.


Jewellery valuations:

It is a good idea to get your jewellery valued every three years. Remember to contact us to update your policy should the values change.


Consult a plumber to ensure that you have a drip tray fitted under your geyser to minimise water damage should your geyser burst. Where possible, install geysers outside or in a garage. Consider installing a solar power geyser to reduce electricity costs.

Fire extinguishers:

Keeping a fire extinguisher in your home, car, boat or caravan can be very handy in case of fire. For a relatively inexpensive extinguisher that doesn’t require servicing and is half the size of normal extinguishes, visit

Don’t leave valuables lying around:

Always make sure that you lock all valuable jewellery in a safe, locked draw/cupboard and not lying around the house. And similarly, don’t leave the keys to those safes or cupboards lying around either.

Your insurance policy:

It is vital that your insurance policy is updated regularly, values are corrected and all items that need be covered are covered. Read your policy, don’t just delete it. Should you require a personal policy review of your policy and contents, simply contact your Barker consultant and arrange a time for them to pop around.

Reliable staff:

Make sure to employ reliable domestic workers/gardeners/workers contracted to do work on your home. You are trusting them with one of your most valuable assets.


One of the most common claims made by clients is for cellphones that have been dropped in the toilet. Be a sport and don’t take it into the loo with you.

What is a claim or loss ratio and how is it calculated?

*What is a claims or loss ratio?: A claims or loss ratio is defined as the ratio of incurred claims to paid premium.

And how is it calculated?: A claims or loss ratio is calculated by dividing the total claims expense of a policy by the total premiums paid.

For example: Joe Soap has been a client of Barker Insurance for three years and during that time he has paid R90 000 in premiums. He recently made his first claim to the value of R60 000. His current claims or loss ratio is now 66.6% from inception of his policy.