Thieves are picking on Apple gadgets, and the time when homeowners need to keep their eyes peeled the most for burglars is between Christmas and the New Year.
It seems that iPhones, iPods and iPads not only top present lists for most families, but those of thieves as well!
Crafty crooks wait until everyone has swapped and unwrapped their presents to swoop, often picking up clues of what goodies everyone received from discard boxes in the rubbish bins.
Insurer Aviva looked at 10 years of insurance claims and discovered thieves are 20% more likely to break in to homes on December 31 than on any other day over Christmas.
However, although thieves may take a day off on Christmas Day, candles, Christmas lights and cookers working on overtime spark the most fire claims of any day of the year – up 110% compared to an average day.
The run up to Christmas also sees the number of car accidents rise by a quarter, says the firm.
To help make Christmas a little happier and less of a temptations for thieves, Aviva suggests:
- Keep presents out of sight
- Make life difficult for thieves – put your presents in the loft
- Don’t signal you have expensive presents by putting the boxes out for the bin men – take them down the dump
- Lock up securely if you go away to party with friends or family
- Leaving the lights on when out does discourage burglars
- Show some Christmas cheer and keep an eye on your neighbour’s home
“Burglars just want to have a good time at someone else’s expense,” said an Aviva spokesman.
“Don’t spoil your Christmas by making their lives easy, so follow our tips on looking after your presents and home.
“Don’t forget to take care of presents in the car as well. Don’t leave anything on view to tempt a thief in to smashing a window.”
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