New research from Allianz Your Cover has found that Britons will hide Christmas presents worth a total of £2.4bn in their cars this year.
The survey of 2,000 people found that 30% hid their presents in the car, and 28% left them on display and unsecured in the vehicle, heightening the risk of theft.
Toys are far and away the top present type (42%) to be hidden, followed by gadgets, children’s bikes, clothing and jewellery.
Hiding presents is perhaps not unwise, given that a surprising one in five women (and one in ten men) have confessed hunting for presents before Christmas.
Jon Lott of Allianz Your Cover advised never leaving items of value in vehicles, and that those who do should ensure the aforementioned items are in a locked glove box or the boot.
Earlier this month Aviva warned that whilst Apple products were likeliest to fill Christmas stockings they were also the items likeliest to be stolen by thieves.
New Year’s Day rather than Christmas is the preferred time for theft, as the presents remain easy to find but homeowners are often out partying into the early hours.
Aviva advises homeowners to double-check all the doors and windows and locked before leaving for a Christmas or New Year party.