Festival Goers Urged to Check Home Insurance Policy

With the Music Festival season upon us… Download, and the Isle of White festival’s have already been and gone. But fear not still to come are Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds, and V festival!

Swinton Insurance is offering a word of warning for festival goers to make sure they have their personal possessions covered on their home insurance policy.

Swinton, the UK’s leading high street retailer of home insurance, surveyed 2,200 customers and found that 37% of regular Festival goers take valuable possessions to festivals but only 11% of this percentage would make sure their items were insured.

Swinton also found that just over 7% of festival goers had had items stolen from their tents and campervans. A further 11% had lost or damaged items themselves whilst camping at festivals.

As theft, loss and damage of possessions is common at festivals, Swinton is advising customers to check what items are currently covered on their contents insurance policy before they take their valuables away. If customers do require any additional cover for personal items, they can easily add them to their existing home insurance policy.

Steve Chelton, Insurance Development Manager at Swinton said, “It’s important that festival goers try and be on their guard for opportunistic thieves who, unfortunately, target these sorts of events. Tents are often left unguarded for long periods of time, so we advise people to keep valuables on them at all times. We also advise adding any valuable possessions to their home insurance policy if they plan to take them to festivals.”