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Insurer’s urge Consumers to hide Christmas Gifts

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has urged Christmas shoppers to hide gifts in the run up to the festive period. This comes after insurance claims last December reached £35m, with 23,000 burglaries reported in relation to stolen Christmas gifts.

The most common targets have included parked cars with gifts left inside as well as homes where gifts are left on show or unattended, while shopping centres were also a prime target according to the ABI.

There are some basic guidelines proposed by the ABI in order to safeguard gifts from thieves, and these include not putting presents under the tree if it means they are visible from outside, always locking your house securely even if you are only leaving it for a short period of time, and putting any boxes from gifts out on recycling day only, while squashing them and binding them together as closely as possible to stop thieves seeing them.

You should also be mindful not to leave gifts in the car unless it is in a garage, and to make sure that while you are out shopping you keep your bags with you at all times in plain view.

Malcolm Tarling from the ABI said: “Thieves love Christmas. They know there are plenty of easy picking to be had at this time of year”.

“Being vigilant and taking a few common sense precautions can ensure that you do not remember this Christmas for the wrong reasons”.

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