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Property crime drops by half since mid-90s


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15 Jul 2013

Property crime has fallen by half since the mid-1990s, new data shows, as thieves increasingly move towards targeting expensive portable items.

Vandalism, car-related theft and burglary dropped substantially, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), while lower-volume personal thefts continued to rise.

ONS says that the changing trends are mostly down to a growing preference for targeting high-end portable items such as MP3 players, smartphones and tablets, which are more difficult to protect against theft....

1-in-10 Brits ‘fell asleep behind the wheel’ last year


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12 Jul 2013

One in ten British motorists admits to having fallen asleep at the wheel in the past year, a new survey has shown.

Drivers are hitting an average speed of 50 mph when they drop off, according to research from LV=, and travelling for as far as 26m before they wake up - meaning that a total of 55,000 miles were driven last year by sleeping drivers....

Credit card charges put squeeze on tourists' wallets


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10 Jul 2013

British tourists using the credit cards overseas will face hefty charges totalling £327 million, new research shows.

A quarter of consumers are planning to flash the plastic during their time away, according to the study for uSwitch - but a similar number who are planning to use their debit cards could be hit with extra fees as well.

It seems that for many Brits financial sense stays at home when they jet off. Rather than checking which card is best in terms of interest rates or protection, one in four say that they will use whichever is handy at the time....

Help to Buy lifting house sales


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8 Jul 2013

One of Britain’s largest house-builders Persimmon, has revealed how the Help to Buy scheme has helped  lift property reservation rates by a third in the first half of the year.

Persimmon revealed that 1,124 private homes have been purchased since Help to Buy launched in March, marking a 30% increase on the last quarter of 2012. ...

Business underinsurance could cost £1.4bn


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5 Jul 2013

The UK’s small businesses could face losses of £1.4 billion a year because they have not taken out enough insurance, a new study shows.

According to the research from Lloyds TSB Insurance, 1.7 million micro-businesses have been victims of incidents such as theft, vandalism or other damage in the past year alone. More than three out of ten were not fully operational for more than a week after the event....