How lucky’s your house?

While number seven may be lucky for some and others would avoid 13 at any cost, AXA statistics show where the real luck lies when it comes to the house you live in.

17 June 2010

Posted in Product

by Jennifer Chilcott (see media contact)

The research, carried out by AXA, investigated which house numbers had been victims of burglary, flood or fire. The house with the worst record was number 33, while the luckiest was 76.

The unluckiest house numbers for burglary, fire and flood

House Number

1

33

2

34

3

86

4

22

5

92

6

94

7

55

8

65

9

84

10=

36

10=

96

The luckiest house numbers for burglary, fire and flood

House Number

1

76

2

81

3

47

4

75

5=

89

5=

90

7

78

8

63

9

79

10

17

AXA research revealed that 12% of people would be put off buying a house numbered 13 while 6% would look for a house number 7 or their own particular lucky number.

Yet the statistics show that the reality is that house number 7 has a worse record than number 13 - although both score well below the average "unlucky factor".

Unluckiest for burglary

When it comes to the most common risk, burglary, those living at numbers 84, 34, 33, 88, 94, 62, 53, 55, 82 and 23 might want to think about tightening up their security.

Unluckiest for fire

While those living in house numbers 33, 34, 68, 22, 55, 92, 96, 36, 69 and 83 might want to buy a fire extinguisher.

Luckiest of all

But the house you really want is number 91 - not only is it well below the average for flood, fire and burglary (coming in at place 19) but those who live there are the most likely to have won a cash prize from a competition based entirely on luck!

Amanda Edwards from AXA Home insurance says: "While from an underwriting perspective, we won't be looking to revise our rates based on these statistics, it is very interesting to see the patterns that have emerged. It certainly seems that living in the block of numbers from 31-40 has historically been unlucky, whereas those living from 71 -80 have been the most lucky.

"We suggest that everyone, no matter what number they live at, take the time to check they're not creating their own bad luck through poor security or bad maintenance around the home. Many claims we see are not so much bad luck as bad risk management by the homeowner."