The Daily Telegraph
wrote an article several years ago stating the black market in stolen
pushchairs was worth £60million. In the same year, the Daily Mail reported that an insurance company
paid out £70million in insurance claims for stolen buggies. These are the
reported crimes but it is suspected the number is much higher than this.
It's a simple crime, as Paul Baines, one of the police officers behind the My Buggy Buddy range, explains: "It's so easy to walk off with a buggy without arousing suspicion. It's difficult to detect the crime and the rewards are potentially very high, especially with the top brands."
Paul offers five top tips to stop your stroller being stolen.
1. Lock it up. Get a pram lock and keep it in the buggy at all times. Adopt the same mindset with pushchairs as you do with bikes, phones and other expensive items.
2. Make it stand out. You may not want to permanently decorate your pushchair but tying a balloon or a flag around the handle in a busy place will make it less attractive to thieves.
3. Cover it up in the car. Just as you wouldn't leave a laptop in full view, your pram needs to be out of sight under the rear shelf. Preferably, don't leave it in the car at all.
4. The porch is not a safe place. Always take the buggy inside.
5. Leave more time. When you're in a rush, trying to be on time and not forget anything, it's easy to ditch the buggy and hope for the best. Arriving a bit earlier and finding a secure place to lock and leave your buggy will really pay off.
Let us know if you have any tips or advice on this subject.