70% of people would store Christmas presents in the car to hide them from loved ones.Tue, 20/12/2016
If your presents to loved ones are already wrapped, then at least you’re part way to concealing them, but if you’re a last-minute wrapper, you will no doubt have a number of places that you have ready to hide them. However, if one of these places is the boot of your car, they might not be as safe as you think.
Rob Hull, The Mail Online, reports:
Everyone has their best secret hiding place for Christmas presents they don't want loved ones to find.
But some may not be such a great idea. According to a new study, one of the favourite locations to conceal gifts is in cars, making them susceptible to thieves in the run-up to the festive season.
It's not just small gifts that are kept away from prying eyes in vehicles up and down the country - 27 per cent will keep presents worth more than £100 in their motors.
The research was conducted by insurer Allianz, which asked 1,000 Britons about their present stashing habit.
Some 71 per cent of those polled say they would hide gifts in cars, while 51 per cent admit it's something they already do.
More than a quarter of people admitted they would keep presents worth more than £100 in their vehicle, while nine per cent said they'd do the same with gifts worth more than £200.
Andy Poppleton, head of motor, home and niche insurance at Allianz, said drivers are not only in danger of not having presents to handout on Christmas morning but could also face not being covered for expensive items as part of their existing policy.
'It's always hard at Christmas to keep presents hidden from loved ones and so it's unsurprising that many people view their car as a safe space.' he said.
'However, with expensive technology and gadgets becoming more and more commonplace as gifts, the value of contents in cars is getting higher.
'We recommend motorists never leave items of value in vehicles but if they do, ensure their belongings are placed in a locked glove box or boot as leaving them on display could attract unwanted attention from thieves.
'People are taking a high risk by hiding presents in their cars. It's also possible that their insurance policy will not cover high value items left in the car.'
According to the insurer, it receives an average of 70 theft from vehicle notification per month.
However, the Office for National Statistics says there were almost 358,000 reported instances of thefts from a motor vehicle in 2014, or almost 30,000 per month. Annually, some 30,000 were not investigated.
According to the Allianz survey, women are most likely to consider hiding their purchases in a car at 72 per cent. However, it's men who do it more often, with 52 per cent saying they use their vehicle as their secret hiding place.
If you know you have nosy family members, keen to ruin the surprise, the easiest option would be to wrap them early and get them under the tree. Put each present in a box to conceal its shape if you wish, and be safe in the knowledge every purchase with be safe!