Britons Heading Off On Holiday With As Much As

Britons Heading Off On Holiday With As Much As £500 Worth Of Unprotected Gadgets

London, UK (PRWEB UK) 29 August 2012

New research from specialist gadget insurer Protect your bubble has identified that almost seven in ten (69%) British tourists are woefully underinsured for their gadgets when travelling abroad, believing that their travel or home insurance will safeguard them in case of damage or theft.


The research shows that almost two thirds of all British tourists (64%) take in excess of £250 of gadgets away on holiday with them, with a further 29% claiming to carry more than £500 worth.

However, very few are aware that the majority of the top home contents insurance policies (19 of the most popular 20 policies) do not cover them for taking their gadgets abroad, while some of the most popular travel insurance policies only cover holidaymakers for loss, theft or damage of their gadgets up to a maximum of £50 after the excess has been paid – leaving some unlucky travellers almost £450 out of pocket.


Stephen Ebbett, director of Protect your bubble, comments: “People are making assumptions they are covered without checking the small print. While travel and home contents insurance are crucial, they often do not go far enough to cover items of any significant value.”


More concerning was that the research also revealed that holidaymakers are being particularly flippant with their phones whilst abroad, with 63% claiming they would leave their phone unattended on the beach or pool side if they went swimming.


Exactly half of these people (50%) believe that keeping items under a towel will keep them safe from thieves, while others prefer to bury their gadgets in sand to keep them safe.


Stephen Ebbett, director of, comments: “Forget burying gadgets in the sand, these people are burying their heads in it. It’s crazy to think that hiding your possessions under a towel or in the sand will keep them safe.


“People need to check their individual insurance policies, but most insurers would still deem it negligent by the policy holder, if any gadgets were left unattended on a beach and more than an arm’s reach away. This means that any claims would almost certainly be turned down.


“Imagine a phone was actually a £500 note, which effectively it is. I suspect that not many people would leave it unattended, so why then would you take the same risk with your gadgets?”


Research conducted by independent research agency Atomik Research, which surveyed more than 2000 people in July, 2012.


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Suncorp review found West Queensland tops state?s worst weather affected areas

Suncorp review found West Queensland tops state’s worst weather affected areas

Suncorp Insurance

Brisbane, Queensland (PRWEB) October 19, 2012

Western Queensland has topped Suncorp Insurance’s annual review of Queensland’s top ten worst weather-affected suburbs. The figures highlight the hardest hit regions by average cost of personal insurance claims from July 2011 to June 2012. Mitchell, Roma and St George top the list and Suncorp Insurance Corporate Affairs Manager, Marcus Taylor, said the figures were a reminder that the warmer weather can also bring sudden storms and heavy rains.

“Each year storm season causes a lot of headaches for Queensland residents, and the past 12 months has been no different,” Mr Taylor said.

“Unfortunately, there have been no real surprises in our top ten with Mitchell, Roma and St George rounding out our top three.”

“With some claims in Western Queensland costing on average over $ 110,000, it just shows the frightening level of damage that can be caused by a severe storm or flooding.

“These figures also highlight the importance of appropriate preparation and mitigation.”

The top ten worst storm damaged suburbs in Queensland from July 2011 to June 2012 were:

Location Average Claim Cost

1. Mitchell $ 110,478.70

2. Roma $ 96,054.28

3. St George $ 77,971.80

4. Hughenden $ 44,313.17

5. Vincent $ 31,690.52

6. Pomona $ 27,180.56

7. Warana $ 21,329.10

8. Tewantin $ 20,740.86

9. Buddina $ 19,355.98

10. Charleville $ 17,508.62

While Suncorp Insurance has been protecting the Queensland way of life for over 90 years, and has stood by Queenslanders during some of their darkest moments including Cyclone Larry (2006),The Gap Storms (2008) and the devastating Queensland Floods and Tropical Cyclone Yasi (2010-11), Mr Taylor says today’s figures again draw attention to the importance of mitigation.

“For some time now we have been in discussions with all levels of government to increase Queensland’s mitigation measures,” Mr Taylor said.

“With appropriate mitigation, a number of regions would not be making their third or fourth consecutive appearance on this list.”

“History shows that mitigation measures can make a significant difference – not only in preventing a lot of destruction and heartache, but they can also assist in ensuring insurance premiums remain affordable for everyone.”

Mr Taylor also recommends that families prepare for the upcoming storm season.

“There are some things that can’t be replaced by insurance, and so we’d like to remind all Queenslanders to be prepared and get their house in order.

“A little bit of preparation can go a long way in protecting not only your home and possessions, but also your family.”

Preparation tips for storm season

1) Check gutters and downpipes. Backed up gutters can send water flowing into your home during heavy rains.

2) Check the roof for damaged or loose tiles, or raised corners of corrugated sheets. A roof in good repair is more likely to withstand high winds and keep out water.

3) Trim overgrown tree branches. Check with your local council if you’re unsure about which trees / branches you can cut. Do not attempt to trim trees near power lines.

4) Remove or secure loose items around the garden which could be blown about in high winds.

5) Keep a battery operated torch and AM radio handy in case of loss of electricity, as well as a first aid kit, spare water and canned food. Use the radio for power restoration updates and possible evacuation notices.

6) Consider putting together a small package of keepsakes and things you would hate to lose, in case you need to leave quickly.

7) Make sure your home and contents insurance and paperwork is up to date.


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Cardiff, Wales (PRWEB UK) 12 February 2012, one of the UK’s biggest and most popular price comparison services, has revealed a short online film featuring former ‘Swap Shop’ host Keith Chegwin that it hopes will bring back the spirit of the nostalgic TV show, and get Britons swapping.

Swapping has proved to be a popular activity since the economic downturn kicked in, and 52% of Londoners said in a recent survey that they are more likely to swap unwanted possessions now than they were in the past.

The video has been produced to raise awareness of this, and also to help highlight’s Nectar points promotion, whereby they are giving away 1,000 Nectar points every time a user buys a car insurance policy through their site before the end of March 2012.

It was filmed in London’s Victoria train station between 1pm and 3pm on Wednesday 25 January, and its filming created a buzz of activity, as people brought all their unwanted items to exchange for something more useful. A wide range of items were brought, and the ‘Swap Store’ event had people swapping items like a scented candle, yoga DVD, alarm clock and even a naked picture of Keith Chegwin for things like 1,000 Nectar points; a blow up palm tree and parrot; a trombone and even an electric car.

Gareth Kloet, head of car insurance at said: “The economic downturn has made us all more careful about what we spend and become savvier. We wanted ‘Swap Store’ to be an enjoyable event aimed at encouraging people to swap unwanted items and also to highlight that are giving away 1,000 Nectar Points to every customer that buys car insurance through the site. Car insurance is a necessity so at we want to give our customers a great deal on their insurance and a little extra at the same time.”

About was the UK’s first price comparison site to offer car insurance comparison. is one of the UK’s biggest and most popular price comparison services. Launched in 2002, it generates over one million quotes per month. It has expanded its range of comparison products over the last couple of years to include home and contents insurance, travel insurance, pet insurance, van insurance, life insurance cover, home and contents insurance, breakdown cover and energy, as well as financial services products including credit cards, loans, mortgages and life insurance. is not a supplier, insurance company or broker. It provides a free, objective and unbiased comparison service. By using cutting-edge technology, it has developed a series of intelligent web-based solutions that evaluate a number of risk factors to help customers with their decision-making, subsequently finding them great deals on a wide-range of insurance products, financial services, utilities and more.’s service is based on the most up-to-date information provided by UK suppliers and industry regulators. is owned by the Admiral Group plc. Admiral listed on the London Stock Exchange in September 2004. is regulated by the FSA.

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