Like this site? Help us to make it better.

Bicycles the most commonly stolen possession, says insurer Direct Line

Bikes rank ahead of mobile phones, laptops and tablets and feature in one in six claims

Insurance company Direct Line says that bicycles are the item most commonly stolen by burglars in the UK – ahead of mobile phones, power tools and laptop and tablet computers.

One in six theft claims the insurer handles, 17 per cent, involves a bicycle, with mobile phones second at 11 per cent.

The top ten list is rounded off by televisions, which make up just 3 per cent of claims.

– Cycle-specific insurance — Your questions answered

Kate Lomas, the company’s head of home insurance, said: "With the nights drawing in, it is perhaps unsurprising that thefts increase, as there are more opportunities for burglars to strike without being seen.”

She advised people to ensure items that cannot be kept in the house be properly secured to deter would-be thieves.

"Items such as bicycles, gardening tools and golf equipment are amongst the most sought-after items, so if items must be stowed away outside the home, homeowners should make sure they are safe and secure."

Top 10 items featured in Direct Line home insurance claims

1. Bicycles
2. Mobile phones
3. Power tools
4. Laptops
5. Tablet computers
6. Cameras
7. Golf equipment
8. Gardening tools
9. Audio equipment
10. TVs

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

Latest Comments