Theft of 1000 designer buggies by Bugaboo and Silver Cross soars by a QUARTER in three years
One in 14 parents with young children say they have fallen victim to crimeTheft of buggies has risen by 23 per cent since 2009, from 738 to 913But this could be just the tip of the iceberg with 42% not reporting the crime
01:58 GMT, 11 January 2013
03:24 GMT, 11 January 2013
Theft of designer baby buggies has soared by a quarter in the past three years, official figures show.
With some parents splashing out more than 1,000 on the latest prams, the ‘buggy black market’ is on the rise.
One in 14 parents with young children now say they have fallen victim to the crime, with the most targeted brands including Maclaren, Graco, Silver Cross, Chicco and Bugaboo.
Designer buggies: Bugaboo prams (pictured is the Cameleon which costs 1,250) are among the most sought after by the 'buggy black market' Bugaboo Cameleon
Data collated from two-thirds of Britain’s police forces found theft of buggies had risen by 23 per cent since 2009, from 738 to 913.
A quarter of these were taken from porches and outbuildings, a fifth were taken from public car parks and a similar number were taken from cafes, restaurants and pubs.
But a survey of 2,000 parents found this could be just the tip of the iceberg – with 42 per cent who have had buggies stolen admitting they had not reported it to police.
LV= home insurance estimates that 340,000 of British parents with a child under five have lost a pram to theft, costing an estimated 70million.
It comes as the insurer found families are willing to spend more than ever on top-of-the-range prams.
The study showed parents are now spending 23 per cent more on their baby’s buggy than they did three years ago.
The average cost for the most popular models is now 427, with some top-of-the-range prams costing in excess of 1,000.
Popular: Theft of buggies (pictured is the 1417 Stokke Crusi) has risen by 23 per cent since 2009, from 738 to 913
For example, the Bugaboo Cameleon3 Pushchair costs 1,250 at John Lewis, while the Stokke Crusi Tandem Pushchair with Stroller, Carrycot and Sibling Seat by Mamas and Papas is an incredible 1417.00
John O’Roarke, managing director of LV=, said the rising cost of prams meant many parents were now buying second-hand models – a trend which was fuelling black market trade.
He said: ‘Baby buggies have soared in value in recent years with some designer models costing as much as a small car.
‘This, combined with the fact that they can easily be sold on to cash-strapped parents has effectively fuelled a ‘black market’.’
The survey found one in eight parents surveyed said their current model was bought second-hand and over a third of these were bought through online auctions.
A shocking one in 20 parents said they would turn a blind eye and buy a stolen buggy, if the price was right.
With buggies often doubling as extra storage, many parents also reported losing handbags, purses, mobile phones and MP3 players stored in the strollers.
According to figures from 33 out of 51 police forces, the highest number of reported pram thefts were in Greater Manchester, Northumbria, Lancashire and Kent.