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6 bizarre things Irish people have reported stolen
Is anything safe? Apparently not…

YOU MIGHT BELIEVE that most thieves are after your money. And you might be right.

But don’t assume your other possessions are safe either – home intruders can have strange tastes.

Based on claim info from, here are the six most bizarre objects which Irish people have claimed for under home insurance in recent years:

1. False teeth

False teeth photo via Shutterstock

You might think that these would be a very… personal item. But apparently one burglar felt their own dental work could do with an upgrade – and was willing to give someone else’s falsies a try.

2. Popcorn

Flickr/Alan Cleaver

What do you do if you feel peckish during a burglary? Help yourself to a packet of popcorn, of course.

Naturally, it all went down on the insurance claim.

3. ‘Special interest’ DVDs


One gentleman homeowner had a collection of, er, ‘specialist’ DVDs worth €6,000. Naturally, he wasn’t best pleased when they were taken.

4. The hair of deceased relatives


In Victorian times, it was relatively common to have your late loved ones’ hair made into jewellery. (You could also have it turned into tea sets, bizarrely.) One Irish household still had their macabre collection – until it was taken by thieves with a strange taste in accessories.

Gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “family heirlooms”, doesn’t it?

5. Dirty underwear


Yes, this is weird. And we really pity the victim here. Would there be anything more inconvenient than someone stealing all your underpants?

6. Ashes of the family dog


Intruders in an Irish home spotted a fancy wooden box, which they assumed contained valuables.

They can’t have been happy when they got it home and opened it – but we’re guessing the poor owners were very upset.

Do your prized possessions (no matter how weird) deserve the best value protection? Visit to get a quote for AA Home Insurance and get €30 off for buying online.

AA Ireland Limited trading as AA Insurance is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland. AA Insurance is tied to RSA Insurance Ireland Limited for the purposes of selling home insurance.

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