Present Patrol – ADT recruits creative kids to stop Christmas present-pinchers

Christmas is coming and children across the UK are getting excited about what presents might be left under the tree, and more importantly, how to keep other people’s mitts off them…

Our research reveals over half (58 per cent) of UK kids are developing Christmas security solutions to protect their presents from sneaky siblings, pesky parents and other potential ‘gift-grabbers’.

So, ADT has recruited the Present Patrol, a panel of six of the UK’s craftiest and most creative children to learn about the ingenious ways kids protect their presents and potentially help inform future security products.


On a grey day at Present Patrol HQ, the team developed a number of ‘Ingenious Inventions’ including:

  • The Ultimate Tickle Bomb
  • The Mad Marble Medley
  • Spidey Intruder Sensors
  • The Water Balloon Drench Defence System
  • The Present Distract and Deter Strategy

Across the rest of the UK, 37 per cent of kids are building fortresses or setting up booby traps with itching powder or bogey smothered surprises to protect their precious presents from sly siblings (65 per cent) and even their parents (35 per cent). Luckily, only eleven per cent of their unfortunate relatives fall foul of these devious devices.

The most creative kids are busy making ‘Ingenious Inventions’ from rubbish or household items, including draping wardrobes with string and honey, covering the floor in a remote-controlled train track, plus a mystery mechanism made from ‘mum’s bra’, a tennis racquet and slime.

Do your kids have any ideas for tomorrow’s security solutions? If so, download the link to our ‘Ingenious Invention’ floorplan.


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