December 12, 2012
30% of Brits say they hide Christmas presents in cars because of 'Christmas Curiosity' by their children or partners, leaving themselves prey to thieves and festive misery
Brits will hide an astonishing £2.4 billion¹ worth of Christmas presents in their cars this year, according to new research from leading insurer,
Allianz Your Cover
The survey of 2,000 people showed that despite the increased risk of crime over the festive season, 30% said they hid Christmas presents in cars and 28% of those people will leave them unsecured or on display in their vehicles, making themselves even more at risk of theft. Sadly, 66% of people who have been a victim of this type of festive crime said that it 'ruined their Christmas'.
According to the survey, the top five Christmas presents people hide are:
1. Toys (42%)
2. Gadgets (24%)
3. Children's Bikes (21%)
4. Clothing (21%)
5. Jewellery (19%)
More than half of the people said they kept gifts in cars to hide them from their children, while 45% said they were keeping them out of sight of snooping partners. And it would seem that these suspicions are not entirely unfounded, with nearly one in five women confessing that they
hunt for hidden presents from their partner in the run-up to
, compared to only one in ten men.
The report also found that 30% of people who do find a hidden present meant for them will say nothing and then fake surprise when they open it on
Shockingly, men are more likely to use their hidden Christmas present and then put it back with 8% confessing to having done this before.
One third of motorists also admitted they either didn't lock their valuables away in the vehicle