The music festival has always been familiar part of the British summertime. There’s nothing better than seeing an eclectic range of bands, knee deep in mud whilst singing your heart out until you’re hoarse. But for some, the music can hit a bum note if their belongings are lost or stolen.
According to research from one of the Policy Expert panel insurers, around 12% of people have lost valuables or been victims of crime. In research conducted by Aviva, there were 1101 reported thefts across eleven of the UK’s top music festivals last year, a 19% increase on 2010. According to police records, at eight of these festivals the combined value of belongings stolen was over £220,000, an average value of £354 per item.
The most fruitful opportunity for festival thieves is the humble tent. Around three quarters of items stolen were taken from tents, with the other quarter made up of personal thefts, mainly pick pocketing.
|Festival||Number of thefts||Value of thefts|
|T4 on the Beach||4||£250|
|V Festival Essex||165||£86,870|
|V Festival Staffs||112||£22,013|
|Reading Festival||53||Not provided|
|Isle of Wight||195||Not provided|
|T in the Park||47||£8,294|
(Total number and value of thefts at top UK festivals in 2011)
Aviva has calculated that the average value of possessions people take to a festival is £1209.97. This could mean that if the victim doesn’t have the right level of personal possessions cover away from the home, they could find themselves seriously out of pocket.
Tips to enjoy a worry free festival:
- Never leave valuables unattended in tents or in cars
- Consider what you really need to take. Can you share who takes what among your friends? Do you really need to take an expensive watch?
- Only take out as much cash as you need
- Separate cash from cards and only take one bank/credit card if you can
- Make sure pockets or handbags have zipped openings to prevent belongings being snatched
- Don’t flash the cash or the expensive hi-tech gadgets
- Keep belongings in the bottom of your sleeping bag at night
- Use the free lock-up areas provided by the festival organisers or ensure personal belongings are kept close and within sight
- Report anything lost or stolen to the police immediately and get a crime number that you can report to your insurance company.