28/03/2011 04:57 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Buggy Black Market Worth £60 Million

The celebrity inspired trend for expensive pushchairs and buggies has sparked a new crime wave, according to research from the Halifax.

It claims thefts of baby buggies have nearly doubled over the past year; fuelling a thriving black market worth nearly £60 million.

David Rochester, from Halifax Home Insurance says, 'it may seem surprising thieves would stoop so low, yet it appears the increasing value of baby buggies has caused parents to become a target for thieves'.

Sales of baby buggies with a £500 price tag have shot up 40 of it's original price tag. Also on the hit list were the Silver Cross 3D at around £250, the Quinny Zapp at £150 and the Maclaren Techno XT selling for around £196.

Common places for thieves to strike are outside the home; as many parents routinely leave buggies in driveways or front gardens, along with car parks, cafes and restaurants. And with some shops and cafes banning pushchairs and buggies; even the most vigilant parents can find themselves faced with the dilemma of whether to risk leaving their buggy outside.

In spite of their potential high value most parents are unaware their buggies may not be covered under standard household insurance; unless they're taken from inside the home or within the property boundary.

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