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Theft insurance claims soar 171% over summer

Urban Jungle reported a 100% surge in laptop thefts over the summer (June to July) compared to spring (March to April)

Theft claims have reportedly soared by 171% this summer following the further ease of Covid restrictions, according to home insurance provider Urban Jungle

The insurer is now encouraging city workers to keep a close eye on laptops and phones, after it reported a 100% surge in laptop thefts over the summer (June to July) compared to spring (March to April). 

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Meanwhile, mobile phone theft also saw an uplift in claims, with a 143% increase reported in the same period.  

According to Urban Jungle, with hybrid working increasingly becoming the norm, thefts have risen as people are “out-and-about more frequently with their personal valuables”.  

Jimmy Williams, co-founder and CEO of Urban Jungle, said: “It’s brilliant being able to get back to our social lives after being cooped up for so long, but we all need to watch out for our belongings. 

“Many of us have taken up flexible working, which means we’re taking items like phones and laptops out-and-about much more than we used to – and with thefts on the rise, we need to take extra steps to keep them safe. We hope our simple tips can help people enjoy the social events and real-world variety we all thoroughly deserve.”

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