Research has revealed that there is a 27% uplift in insurance claims for stolen golf equipment in October, compared with any other month of the year.
Golf equipment is popular among thieves, ranking seventh amongst the most claimed for items on home insurance policies. Over the last two years, more than £800,000 worth of golf items have been claimed for by Churchill customers.
The most commonly burgled brand of golf equipment is PING which makes up almost a quarter of all theft claims (23 per cent). This is followed by TaylorMade (21 per cent) and Callaway (18 per cent). The most valuable brand amongst the top 10 most stolen items is Mizuno which has an average item claim value of £202, this is followed by Callaway (£158) and PING (£149).
The most commonly burgled item over the last two years is the Callaway Euro Chev trolley bag. This is followed by the PING G20 Fairway 3 and the Scotty Cameron California Monterey putter, the most expensive item per claim in the top 10. The analysis of claims data also highlights burglars’ affinity for putters, with four of the top 10 items stolen being different brands of putter.
TABLE: Top five golf brands commonly burgled
||Brand of item stolen
||Percentage of total claims
Source: Churchill Home Insurance, 2015
Martin Scott, head of Churchill Home Insurance said:
“With the majority of amateur players’ golfing seasons coming to an end, it is no surprise that we see an increase in thefts of clubs and accessories in October. As the weather turns, people often stash their equipment in sheds or garages making it a prime target for thieves.
If you have to keep expensive equipment like golf clubs in a garage or shed, keep it out of sight and consider investing in extra security measures such as proximity alarms or security lights to keep potential burglars at bay. Always keep receipts, and take photographs to help your claim progress should the worse happen.''
The research was conducted by Churchill Home Insurance.