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Halifax reveals key loss for UK adults

24 June 2005
They may be one of our most vital possessions, but more than a million adults in the UK lose their keys many times year, according to new research from Halifax Home Insurance.

More than 1.2 million adults will misplace their keys as many as six times this year, the insurer found.

Over twelve million people in Britain have also lost their keys six times or more over the past ten years - meaning they have spent a combined £5.9 million on replacement keys, locksmith bills and call-out charges.

"Our research shows that losing keys is not only inconvenient, it can be costly too," said Vicky Emmott, senior underwriting manager at Halifax Home Insurance.

"Calling in locksmiths and replacing keys and locks in the event of loss soon adds up especially when you consider that the majority of adults (more than 35 million) keep up to five keys together on one ring."

Those aged 25 to 34 are most prone to losing their keys according to Halifax - perhaps because of the difficulties inherent in juggling their lives.

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