December 27, 2009 19:00 ET

Homeowners Tempt Thieves with Presents Left Under the Tree

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Dec. 27, 2009) - Over a third of British households are risking their Christmas presents this year by leaving gifts on display under the tree.

Crime statistics reveal that domestic burglaries increase during the coldest and darkest months of the year. Official Home Office statistics show that 26,000 UK homes could be burgled this festive season. With the average spend on Christmas gifts being Pounds Sterling 442, Swinton, the UK's leading provider of home insurance is urging people to keep their presents out of sight.

Steve Chelton, Insurer Development Manager for Swinton, said: "We would urge all homeowners to hide their presents until Christmas morning so that they don't tempt would be burglars. We also advise people to check that they have adequate home insurance to cover themselves in the instance of opportunistic thieves.

"Not many people are aware that at Christmas most home insurance policies are increased by at least 10 % for up to 30 days either side of Christmas day to protect additional items, such as expensive presents. However, this increased cover is only temporary so we would advise all homeowners to reassess the value of their contents after Christmas to check that they are still covered."

About Swinton

  • With 580 branches nationwide Swinton is the UK's largest high street insurance retailer
  • Unlike many other companies in the financial services industry, Swinton is committed to keeping its branches open for business, and part of the community
  • Swinton provides a one-stop-shop for the insurance and related needs of its clients, offering home, car, caravan, business, holiday, motorbike and even classic car insurance
  • With a dedicated team of advisors on hand at every branch to search a panel of insurers to offer quality cover at competitive rates

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