11 Dec 2017 Commuters are carrying valuables worth more than £516 million every year, new research from Policy Expert has revealed. 8.6 million people travel across the TFL network, each carrying valuables worth more than £600, with mobile phones, jewellery and wearable gadgets all making the list of the most common items.
In addition to these findings, a Freedom of Information request to TFL also reveals that more than 330,000 items including phones, laptops, desktop computers and games consoles, made its way into TFL’s lost and found last year.
Of the incidents highlighted via the FOI, mobile phones were one of the most commonly lost items with 34,322 left behind. More than 1,000 laptops and 70 games consoles have also gone astray.
The data – which shows the total items lost every year since 2013 – revealed there has been a 24% increase in lost items, including a 19% increase in technology gadgets being left behind.
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Adam Powell, Head of Operations at Policy Expert commented: “It’s easy to get distracted whilst travelling on public transport, particularly during the rush hour when trains, tubes and buses are jam packed. But it’s important to ensure you’re keeping a careful eye over your belongings to avoid taking a trip to the lost and found. Most importantly, make sure your home insurance policy includes away from home cover, that way, should you lose or leave a valuable item on the train, bus or tube, you know you’re covered.”
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