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Burglary warning as lockdown eases

Written by: Emma Lunn
Spring ‘could feel like Christmas for burglars’ due to the number of items Brits have bought during lockdown, according to Crimestoppers.

Research commissioned by John Lewis Home Insurance among 2,000 UK adults found that since the pandemic started 71% of us have purchased new items such as gym equipment, tablets and TVs.

Brits spent an average of £4,338 buying these items, with 8% of people spending between £5,000 and £30,000.

The vast majority of those surveyed (86%) said that they are already planning to go out if lockdown measures are eased in April. Meeting friends outside and eating out are the things we most want to do. Nearly a third (29%) are planning to go away.

But despite acquiring more valuable items, more than half of those surveyed (59%) said they didn’t adjust their home insurance policy.

The survey also found that nearly one fifth (18%) of households decided not to renew their home insurance over the past year. The reasons for going without home insurance included there was always someone at home (8%), they forgot to renew (10%), and they didn’t think they had to (10%).

Mick Duthie, director of operations at Crimestoppers, said: “Having your home burgled can be not only a costly experience but also emotionally traumatic. As we come out of lockdown, it’s crucial that we all ensure our homes are as secure as possible. This spring could feel like the Christmas burglars didn’t have last year, because we stayed at home.”

Ali Berryman, head of financial services at John Lewis, said: “Over the last 12 months, out of necessity we’ve turned our homes into offices, gyms and places to entertain ourselves – and we’ve spent lots of money making this happen.

“The vast majority of us are already making plans to leave our homes once lockdown restrictions are lifted and we want people to do that knowing that their new possessions are protected.

“It’s incredibly common for us to forget to add new valuable items to our home insurance, with well over half of those surveyed saying they didn’t adjust their policy after making large purchases.”

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