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Beware burglars this Christmas

Patrick Christys
Dec 6, 2019


Beware of strange men entering your house this Christmas...no, it's not Father Christmas, we're talking about burglars.

It might look great to have all your presents under the tree, but it also looks great to opportunistic thieves who want to break into your home and take them fo themselves.

A survey of 2,057 adults from across the UK was commissioned by Aviva and carried out by Censuswide Research in October 2019. 

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It found that six per cent of people choose the garage to hide Christmas gifts whilst three per cent prefer their conservatory.

Another 10 per cent stash presents at a friend's or relative's house while 19 per cent use a variety of hiding places. 

Common hiding places also include cupboards, spare bedrooms and under beds, while one person said they hide gifts by taking them into work. 

To deter burglars, it is advised to not put your presents under the tree until the last minute as this is an obvious place which burglars will consider first. 

Do not put large cardboard boxes stacked outside the home until the recycling is due to be collected as this is an obvious sign that big-ticket items have just been purchased.

WHERE PEOPLE HIDE THEIR CHRISTMAS PRESENTS

Hiding place

Percentage of UK people who hide gifts here

Cupboards / drawers

29%

Spare bedroom

26%

Nowhere typical / variety of places

19%

Under the bed

17%

Loft / basement

15%

Friends / relatives house

10%

Garage

6%

Conservatory

3%

Source: Aviva

 

Not keeping all your presents in one place is also advised as, if you are unfortunately robbed, the burglars will not be able to nab all the gifts in one go. 

Aviva suggests to check your home contents cover and make sure it’s suitable for your needs. If you’ve made any significant purchases, then check to see if you need to increase your contents sum assured to cover them. 

Susan Sansom, head of operations at Aviva UKGI claims, said: 'As our research reveals, there are a number of common places where people hide gifts - which could prove tempting to burglars.

'The best precaution is to ensure your home is secure all year round, with locked doors and windows, and ideally a home security system, to help deter any potential break-ins.'

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Parcel deliveries 

Consumers may not have to worry about hiding their presents as some won't even get there in time.   

Parcel problems are costing consumers at least £85million a year, new research from Citizens Advice has revealed. It found that a massive 59 per cent of online shoppers have had an issue with their deliveries in the past year.

Problems include parcels being left in an insecure location, delivery instructions being ignored, damaged contents and parcels arriving late or not at all. 

The average cost to each person who had to pay out of pocket to fix a parcel problem is £15.50. This could include making telephone calls, replacing damaged or lost items, or travel to return the item in person or drop off at a depot. 

The news comes just a week after the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales and at the beginning of the busiest shopping month of the year.

Gillian Guy, Chief Executive of Citizens Advice, said: 'More of us now rely on parcel delivery services as we shop online for convenience and to access the best deals. Around 94 per cent of UK adults received an online order in the last year.

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'Problems with parcels can be incredibly frustrating, and can be especially disruptive for people who rely on deliveries like people with disabilities.

'The scale of these problems doesn't come down just to bad practice - it indicates a wider problem with the parcel market as a whole. Right now parcel companies don't always act in the best interest of consumers. 

'That's why we're asking the Competition and Markets Authority to review this to make sure it works for people using it.'

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