Does renters insurance cover theft?

Personal property coverage on your renters insurance policy may cover your belongings if they're damaged or stolen, up to specified coverage limits minus your deductible. Renters insurance also typically covers items stolen from vehicles, storage units, or while traveling.

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How personal property coverage pays to replace stolen belongings

On most renters policies, personal property coverage limits range between $15,000 and $500,000. Your selected amount should cover the cumulative worth of your belongings (creating a home inventory may help determine how much coverage you need); for instance, if you have $30,000 in personal property, you need at least that much in coverage. The amount of personal property coverage that you select can also impact the cost of your renters insurance policy. Use our personal property calculator to estimate how much personal property coverage you need.

If you're a victim of theft, and your claim is covered, your renters insurance company typically pays you the actual cash value (ACV) of the stolen item. Depending on your insurer, you may be able to choose replacement cost value coverage (RCV) for an additional premium. RCV covers what your item is worth without any reduction for depreciation. For example, a TV that you purchased for $750 three years ago may only have an ACV of $400. RCV would pay you the value of a new, comparable television.

Renters insurance & theft FAQs

Does renters insurance cover theft outside of your home?

Many insurers, including Progressive, cover theft (up to specified coverage limits) while you're away from home. In fact, your items may be covered against theft while you're on vacation, or while you're moving and your items are in storage, up to your policy's limits minus your deductible.

Does renters insurance cover broken windows resulting from a burglary?

Your landlord is responsible for any damage to the unit or home you're renting and should carry landlord insurance that can pay to repair or replace broken windows.

Does renters insurance cover car theft?

The theft of cars, motorcycles, RVs, boats, and any other motor vehicles aren't covered by renters insurance. You need a separate insurance policy specific to your vehicle to cover motor vehicle theft. However, renters insurance may cover items stolen out of your car up to your policy's limits minus your deductible.

Does renters insurance cover car damage from a break-in?

Damage to your car is not covered under renters insurance. However, renters insurance may cover any personal belongings stolen from your car. For example, if your car is broken into and your laptop computer is stolen, renters insurance may cover the stolen laptop and your car insurance may cover the broken window. Learn more about car insurance and theft.

Does renters insurance cover bike theft?

If your bike is stolen from your garage, neighborhood park, or just about anywhere you ride it, you may have coverage up to the limits of your policy minus your deductible. Some insurers may require you to add an insurance rider to your renters policy to insure your bike, which may cost extra.

Does renters insurance cover stolen cash?

Renters policies typically cover stolen cash, up to a certain limit, usually no more than a few hundred dollars. Valuable items, including cash, jewelry and engagement rings, furs, and firearms, often have "sub-limits" clearly stated on your policy. A sub-limit is a limit within a limit. For example, your policy's personal property limit may be $35,000, but your sub-limit for cash isn't likely to exceed $250.

Does renters insurance cover stolen laundry?

Renters insurance literally covers the shirt off your back and all your other clothing against theft — up to your policy's limits minus your deductible.

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