Passport, tickets, money…home insurance

23 May 2008 / by Rachael Stiles
One in 10 British homes is burgled while the occupants are away on holiday, research from Churchill Home Insurance has found.

An average of £3,288 worth of goods is stolen while the owners are away from their homes on holiday, on a weekend break, or out for a day trip, the insurer said, and homeowners should protect their belongings with home insurance.

Burglars' stealing habits have changed however, as they are now foregoing large items such as television sets and sound systems, as they go for goods that are easier to carry, such as DVDs, CDs, and jewellery.

Other popular items include electrical equipment, such as games consoles, laptops, and gadgets such as mobile phones, cameras and MP3 players.

Claire Foster, spokesperson for Churchill Home Insurance, commented:

"Arriving back from a holiday or a quick break to discover your home has been broken into is an awful experience for anyone to endure. Whilst insurance cannot prevent burglary, it can provide reassurance that the monetary value of anything stolen is covered.

"We would urge homeowners to ensure their contents insurance is fully up to date and high value items are individually listed."

Churchill also recommends some home security measures for when people leave their homes to go on holiday, such as removing valuables from view, and putting things into storage if they will be away for longer than 30 days as they might not be covered by home insurance.

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