As we enter the festive period it’s important to remain vigilant as burglars target homes around the country.

Poor home security and cars filled with gifts can be easy pickings for opportunistic thieves over Christmas.

An analysis of hundreds of thousands of home insurance claims reveals that since 2013, the average value of items being stolen has increased by almost a third (30%).

Top 10 items stolen most often from UK homes

  1. Jewellery (34%)
  2. Cash (32%)
  3. Sentimental item(s) (23%)
  4. A laptop, computer or tablet taken (19%)
  5. TV (17%)
  6. Record(s) or CD(s) stolen (11%)
  7. Games console (10%)
  8. Mobile phone (8%)
  9. Radio (6%)
  10. Alcohol (6%)

Co-op have pulled together some top tips to help keep your home and possessions safe this Christmas.

Top tips from Co-op to stay safe

  1. Double check windows and doors are closed and securely locked and If you have an alarm, make sure you set it
  2. Keep curtains closed when lights are on inside – dark nights make it easier for burglars to work out when a house is unoccupied
  3. Keep presents well hidden, even when they’ve been opened and if your Christmas tree is near a window, don’t leave presents under it
  4. If you’re heading out Christmas shopping in your car, be sure to leave gifts out of view and locked in the boot
  5. Be careful what you post on social media. As tempting as it can be to post about gifts on social media, think carefully who can see your posts and make sure you check your privacy settings to manage this
  6. Discard large cardboard packaging as this can give burglars an idea of what’s inside your house
  7. Whilst Christmas shopping remain vigilant and keep your belongings in sight. Busy crowds can be an easy target for pick pockets
  8. Check your insurance policy, presents in your home will be covered by your usual contents insurance, but if you’ve bought big ticket items, they may need to be listed separately.
  9. Make sure high value items such as gadgets are covered outside of your home as these are not necessarily covered on a standard home insurance policy
  10. Check to see your insurance policy covers accidental damage cover so that any breakages to new items such as laptops, or wine spillages over the Christmas period are covered