A whopping 46 per cent of all personal theft claims were from bikes being stolen, according to research collated by HomeProtect Home Insurance.
The stats claimed that there were more bike theft claims than for mobile phones or handbags.
- Mobile phones
“As more people have taken to cycling, bicycle theft is much more common throughout the UK," said Shane Leivers, director of Product and Marketing at HomeProtect.
"In fact, our research from April 2016 shows that bicycles are currently the most stolen item. With the weather improving there are likely to be many more cyclists on the roads and preventing bike theft should be a priority for every rider. More than a third of UK adults cycle, so as well as investing in locks and registering your bike to your address, adding your bicycle to your home contents insurance policy should be a straightforward decision.”
The insurance firm has also shared regional statistics, covering which areas of the UK see the most claims for theft:
- East Anglia
- Home Counties
- South East England
- North East England
- South West England
- North West England