Protect your sporting equipment during the British summer of sport
What an incredible summer it has been for sport. With the Euros, the British Open, Wimbledon and the Olympics/Paralympics, 2012 has put smiles on the faces of sports enthusiasts across the nation.
With more and more of us being inspired to head out on to playing fields, golf courses and tennis courts, now is a good time to think about how best to protect your sports equipment against damage and loss. Here are some tips from Allianz Your Cover to make sure you’re fully covered.
Start by looking closely at your home insurance policy. Most damage to and loss of sports equipment happens outside the home, so if you play a lot of sport or have expensive equipment, such as golf clubs, surf boards and mountain bikes, it is wise to get out-of-home cover.
Also, if you are taking your sports equipment abroad, then check that the airline and your travel insurance policy cover you for all eventualities.
Almost all sporting equipment can and should be marked, in case of theft. A simple UV pen can be used to discreetly mark on your name and address to sports equipment such as tennis rackets, golf clubs, surfboards and fishing equipment.
Also, try marking the equipment with distinctive patterns or adornments so that your equipment can be distinguished from other pieces made by the same brand.
New technology is becoming available, which allows sports enthusiasts to track their stolen equipment. Items such as mountain and road bikes, golf clubs and fishing tackle can be fitted with a discreet electronic chip that can be tracked via satellite.
Owners can then notify the police of their whereabouts. This is a welcome tool in the fight against sports theft, especially when you consider the average bag of golf clubs contains around £700 worth of equipment.
Look after it
Whilst you’re doing all you can to prevent theft, don’t forget to take good care of your equipment to get the most from it, year after year.
Bikes should be serviced and kept well oiled, as well as being kept inside or under a rain sheet to prevent rust.
And when not being used, golf clubs and fishing tackle should be cleaned regularly and kept in a safe dry place, ready for the next trip.
Whether it’s tennis, golf or fishing you’re into, make sure you look after yourself as well as your equipment to get the most from this glorious summer of sport.