Handsets totalling an estimated £13million could be lost or stolen at music events in 2014.
The festival season is officially here and that means one of two things, either you will be attending or there is a strong chance you will notice a whole host of enviable festival photos fill your Facebook newsfeed. Festival selfies, before and after group pictures and videos of favourite bands are just some of digital memories we choose to capture while we soak up the sun (or rain) at Glastonbury this year. It’s hardly surprising then that 92% of festiaval goers plan to take their smart phone with them to a festival this year. Of those 87% do so because they want to take pictures, 56% want to use social media and 49% want internet access.
Being able to capture these festival memories often means taking expensive gadgets and these gadgets are therefore exposed to additional risk of accidental damage, loss or even theft. According to claims data from Gadget Insurer Protect Your Bubble, mobiles are 15% more likely to be lost, stolen or damaged during the festival season with claims peaking in July.
This is something that 63% of the 8% who leave their smartphone at home dread, opting to use a sub-£30 festival phone for fear of having their smartphone lost, stolen or broken. 32% of those who leave their smartphone at home will use a cheap festival phone as it has longer battery live and 17% simply want to enjoy the festival experience without technology.
If you are one of the 92% of festival goers taking your mobile with you this summer, then there are plenty of things you can do to help protect it. Never be tempted to leave your phone behind in your tent, even if it is padlocked. Keep your phone on you at all times, and make sure you invest in Gadget Insurance so that if anything does happen you won’t have to shell out for the full cost of a new handset.