GUILFORD, England, June 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --
The music festival season is about to start with upwards of 135,000 people expected to descend on Glastonbury this week. And they aren't alone; Allianz Insurance has discovered that that 67% of people are planning to attend a music festival this summer. With such large numbers it's unsurprising that more than 1 in 5 people would like to see greater security at music festivals.
Allianz's research found that 1 in 10 festival goers said they'd had something stolen in the past. On top of this, 20% reported they had lost something and it wasn't handed in.
The average value of an item stolen or lost is £122 but for a quarter of people that figure rises to anywhere between £151 to £500.
Not surprisingly, mobile phones top the list of items most likely to be stolen followed by cameras. Tablet devices are also popular with thieves but the list also includes food, alcohol, clothing, sleeping bags and tents.
Opportunists are always on the lookout with 46% of items disappearing from tents, 31% from pockets and 30% from rucksacks.
It's not always thieves that spoil the fun though, as 23% of people said they had lost their own valuables including house or car keys.
Alan Gairns, product manager (Motor and Home) commented: "Seeing your favourite musicians perform live is a great experience but the memory will be spoiled if you have something stolen or you lose something valuable. You can take simple steps to help reduce the likelihood, the most important of which you can put in place before you leave - look at what you've packed and ask yourself if you really need it. Unnecessary valuables will attract attention so consider what gadgets or accessories are actually vital for your trip.
"A money belt will keep your cash out of sight and if you do take a credit card with you make sure you have a note of the card provider's telephone number so you can cancel it quickly if you need to. Avoid leaving valuable items in your tent and instead carry them with you in a bag or pocket that doesn't have easy access."
Notes to editors:
1) Allianz carried out the research on 28.4.16 - 6.5.16
2) The survey questioned 2000 UK adults.
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SOURCE Allianz Insurance