Bugaboo and Silver Cross pushchair thefts increase1 in 14 parents have had their pushchair stolen
11 January 2013
Theft of designer pushchairs has risen by 23%, costing British parents over £70 million, since 2009.
According to home insurance company LV=, the problem could be even greater as 42% of parents surveyed hadn't reported the crime.
With designer pushchairs and travel systems costing as much as £2,000, theft of buggies from top brands such as Bugaboo, Silver Cross, iCandy and Quinny have fuelled the pushchair black market.
The average spend on a popular pushchair is around £427 today, 20% more than around three years ago. But, the price tag doesn't always mean you're buying the best model as we've found Best Buy pushchairs start from under £100.
You can make savings by buying a second-hand pushchair, something that one in eight parents prefer to do. Just make sure you take a look at our tips to buying a second hand pushchair ensuring you check the right things before you buy.
Protect your pushchair
Figures reveal that most buggies are stolen from outside people's houses, such as in the porch or outbuilding. Many are also stolen from public parks, car parks and restaurants, often containing handbags with valuable contents such as mobile phones.
Here are a few ways you can minimise the risk of your pushchair being stolen.
- When at home, secure your pushchair in a locked garage, shed or cupboard, for example.
- Keep your pushchair out of sight at home, away from windows, porches or driveways.
- Don't leave your pushchair unattended while you're out and take your valuables out of the pushchair.
- Consider investing in a pushchair lock, or bike lock will do the job just as well.
If your pushchair is stolen, it's advisable to check the small print of your home contents insurance to see if you'd be covered for the theft.