Aviva has warned people this Christmas of where they hide their gifts, as this could potentially affect any insurance claim.
Aviva said that some hiding places could be spotted by potential burglars who can see gifts through windows. The insurance giant has warned that should you leave your presents in a car boot to keep them out of sight from home, your car insurance policy could have a different value limit compared to your home insurance, should they be stolen.
If you are buying any expensive items such as jewellery or electronic equipment such as game consoles or a TV this may need to be listed on the insurance separately.
Susan Sansom, head of operations, 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.”
Aviva surveyed 2,000 people and found that 6% leave Christmas presents in a garage and 3% leave them in a conservatory.
Large cardboard boxes left outside for rubbish can also indicate to a burglar as to what presents you have purchased.