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Wimbledon: a smashing time for UK households

Wimbledon: a smashing time for UK households

Category: Home insurance

Updated: 27/11/2012
First Published: 21/06/2010

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A combination of Wimbledon and the World Cup is set to cause mayhem around the home.

As sporting fever sweeps the nation, a surge in home insurance claims for broken windows and accidental breakages is being anticipated.

Such claims increased by 37% during the summer months last year, according to Halifax Home Insurance, with the excitement and disappointment generated by our sporting elite shouldering much of the blame.

Insurers said the 'Murray Effect' had led to an increase in household accidents and breakages in May and June last year as homeowners unsuccessfully tried to emulate their heroes with bat and ball.

"Each year we see a rise in summertime claims for smashed windows and general breakages around the home, costing an average of £235 to fix," said David Rochester, head of underwriting for Halifax Home Insurance.

"With 2010 being a World Cup year we anticipate even more sport-related mishaps as people host parties in the home, practice their sporting skills around the home, or simply get carried away with the excitement, spilling food and drink on the carpet in the process."

Homeowners in Harlow in Essex had the most smashing time last year, topping the chart in claims for broken windows and breakages, closely followed by those in Ipswich and Basingstoke.

Hapless sports fans have been urged to check their home insurance policies to ensure they are covered for accidental damage.

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