Cash and jewelry isn't good enough any longer for recession-hit burglars, as they've set eyes only on fridges and other kitchen appliances.
Between March and August this year, 50 vacuum cleaners, 26 microwaves, 16 toasters, 15 kettles, 13 tumble dryers and 10 fridges were stolen from customers' homes, claimed an insurance company.
AdvertisementSix dishwashers, three electric toothbrushes, two hair removers and one beard trimmer also ended up as swag, reports The Daily Express.
Andrew Lowe, head of Direct Line Home Insurance, said: "While most people would go to the likes of Argos or John Lewis for their appliances, thieves seem to be using the recession to do their shopping in other people's homes.
"Maintaining security for everyday items is just as important as for special and expensive pieces, since you can't hide a washing machine under your bed."