DRIVERS have been warned of the dangers of keeping Christmas presents in their cars during this festive period.
People travel across the UK to visit loved ones and exchange gifts for Christmas.
Gifts, purchases and other valuables are more likely to be kept in vehicles during this period, meaning it is vital for drivers to take extra precautions to prevent break-ins and theft.
About 34% of drivers have had their car broken into in the past, but only 32% of drivers take extra precautions to prevent car theft and break-ins.
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The car insurance team from Compare the market shared her top tips on how drivers can protect themselves and their vehicle from theft over the Christmas period.
The study also revealed which parking spaces are most at risk of theft and burglary.
A spokesperson for Comparethemarket said: “When returning home from a spree this festive season, it’s always best to keep your items safe at home once you get home.
“Over half (51%) of car burglaries happen when the vehicles are parked in residential areas (18% in the driveway, 33% on the street), showing that even when it’s close to your property, the car (and anything in it) may not be entirely safe from thieves.”
Comparethemarket suggests avoiding remote areas and ideally choosing a car park that is well lit and manned, or one with a Park Mark for safer parking.
It also reminds drivers to take their valuables with them or to make them invisible.
Even a charging cable could be valuable to someone and indicate that a device is in the car.
But not only valuables and gifts are at risk – the car itself is also in great demand.
Comparethemarket recommends that drivers keep their keys in a signal-blocking bag when using keyless entry.
This prevents thieves from cloning your key’s signal and tricking your car into unlocking.
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