Direct Line Home Insurance Reveal that Students Risk Learning the Hard Way on Theft

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Direct Line Home Insurance reveals a great bonus for parents to help protect their children's possessions at university.

Students risk learning the hard way on theft and for that very reason it is essential to take out an insurance policy to cover students' kit as it appears to be thieves' favourite, so parents, take note that your home insurance can cover up to £5000 worth of possessions taken to university.

Thousands of students are heading off to university this month, but amongst all the excitement, they should spare a thought for their belongings, as halls of residence and flats can be an easy target for crime.

Direct Line has found that the most common items stolen are those which are easily portable, such as laptops, stereos, portable music players, and other entertainment devices and accessories, all of which are commonly kept in university accommodation. Many students may assume that landlords or halls of residence will cover any losses if there is a burglary, but they could be in for a shock to find that they need contents cover to protect their own possessions.

The easiest way for students to have their possessions covered should they be lost or stolen is to have them covered as part of their parents' home insurance policy. If their parents have home insurance with Direct Line, students can take up to £5,000 worth of their possessions with them to university and benefit from the full cover of their parents' contents insurance policy.

Andrew Lowe, Head of Direct Line Home Insurance, said: "Students' minds will understandably be on fresher's week and the start of term, plus the prospect of living on their own for the first time. But they should also consider what would happen if their possessions were lost or stolen, and speak to their parents to see if they can save some of their loan money by including the items they've taken to university on their parents' home insurance policy."


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