It’s been a few months since lockdown restrictions eased earlier this year. While this is certainly cause to celebrate, unfortunately one adverse effect we’ve seen post-lockdown is a rise in claims for lost items, with data from our friends at MORE THAN showing a 60% increase in reports of missing belongings.
Comparing claims data from February 2021, when the UK was in full lockdown, with June 2021, after the opening of indoor hospitality, insurance claims for lost mobile phones and spectacles shot up by 229% and 225% respectively. Claims for lost jewellery also increased by 67% over the same period.
It can be easy to lose or misplace something, but anyone who has lost a possession in the past will know how distressing it can be. Not only can it be costly to replace a missing item, particularly if you don’t have insurance, but our possessions also often have sentimental value that can’t be replaced.
With people getting used to spending more time away from home, it’s worth being extra cautious and reminding ourselves of our old security habits to keep belongings safe.