Top tips for travelling with presents:
Don’t put expensive gifts in luggage that will be unattended – in an aircraft hold or a luggage rack on a train.
Don’t wrap presents – it’s an advertisement and if luggage is security checked, the wrapping paper will probably be taken off anyway.
Check food and plant products are allowed in to the country you’re visiting– there are strict rules on a range of items from meat to honey that can be confiscated.
Always carry valuable items in your hand luggage but check the weight allowance with your airline.
Check the limits on valuable and other items on your travel insurance policy Christmas presents in the car and at home.
Make sure Christmas shopping and gifts are well concealed and securely locked in your car.
Be alert when in public car parks to anyone acting suspiciously and when unloading the car.
Don’t let outside Christmas lights lead burglars in by using extension cables fed through partially open windows – opt for battery, solar or outdoor electrical power.
Don’t flaunt it! Draw curtains and blinds at night and don’t leave valuable items on display.
Rubbish – if you can’t get to a recycling point, wait until refuse collection day before leaving boxes and packaging out that advertise the new contents of your home.
Secure sheds and garages – scooters, bicycles, garden equipment and tools are Christmas gifts for thieves too.
Be extra careful about wallets, purses and handbags – Christmas shopping and the January sales crowds are a pickpocket’s dream.