Celery and sat navs stolen from carsInsurer reveals unusual and common claims

11 July 2008

Celery, curtains and cat flaps are some of the more unusual items stolen by car thieves in the last 12 months, a new study has reported.

Dog food, disco lights, pyjamas and pairs of knickers have also been taken, research by car insurance company Admiral found.

Thieves have targeted wetsuits, wheelchairs, sandwiches and scented candles, while one car owner's unfortunate child had a bag of homework stolen.

CDs taken

Car owners have lost gazebos, oil paintings, piggy banks, boxing gloves and, in one case, £10,000 in cash.

Excluding stereos, CDs were the most common items taken, followed by sat nav systems, iPods and MP3 players, jackets, mobile phones and laptops.

Admiral said a typical family of three could be carrying items worth more than £2,800 in their car.

Claims

Managing director Sue Longthorn said: 'We sifted through data from the last year to see what exactly the most commonly stolen objects are. Among the more usual CDs and sat navs, we discovered some very strange things.

'Quite why someone would leave some of these things in their car or want to claim for them is a mystery.'

The 10 most commonly stolen items, not including stereos, were:

1. CDs

2. Sat nav systems

3. iPods/MP3 players

4. Jackets

5. Mobile phones

6. Laptops

7. Cameras

8. Sunglasses

9. Handbags

10. Golf clubs

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