Saturday 17 March 2018

Revealed: what Irish people would miss most if their home was burgled

Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

If you had the choice of only one possession to take with you to a remote island, what would it be?

For those of you that keep your mobile phone firmly glued to your palm, the results of this recent survey might not surprise you.

Irish people would rather hold on to their laptop or iPad over suffering the loss of their last photo of their nearest and dearest.

According to the AIG Insurance survey, which analysed the responses of over 500 people, electronics are now more valued than cars or cash.

An incredible 93pc of us would consider our portable electronics the most valuable items in their home - above jewellery, TVs and family photographs.

Car keys came in a close second (87pc) in the study carried out by Global Web Index on behalf of AIG.

Home thieves, however, hold different priorities and favour cash and jewellery because, “cash can’t be traced and jewellery is easy to sell.”

So when it comes to keeping your precious laptops safe and sound at home, AIG Ireland's home insurance expert Philip Coburn recommends, "locking up laptops and keeping them out of easy sight when they are at home".

He reminds us not to write down computer passwords for thieves to access the often confidential information on your laptop or tablet.

The study also showed we insure lots of valuable items that are precious to us. Five that stood out were.

1. Ride on lawn mower

2. Cello

3. Piano

4. Stamp and coin collection

5. Art

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