It’s been a challenging year for everyone and even Santa is facing restrictions as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, despite recently being cleared as a key worker by Prime Minister, Boris Johnson.

New research by smart home security firm, SimpliSafe, has revealed that kids across Scotland are already planning ways to keep them and their families Covid-19 safe during his visit this Christmas.

The survey of 1,005 children aged eight or under found that over one in four (26%) children said they plan on leaving hand sanitiser out for Santa and 47 per cent believe that he should mask up during home visits.

But that’s not all Santa has to deal with. This year, he has another battle on his hands as kids turn detective and plan evermore elaborate ways to try to catch him in the act.

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As many as 76 per cent of children are aiming to get a glimpse of Santa delivering their presents on Christmas Eve and 17 per cent of tech-savvy kids are even turning to their parents' home security set-up to get real proof of his nocturnal visit.

While some will be relying on well-known tactics that have been handed down over the years, such as looking for reindeer footprints in the snow (26%) and Santa finishing his drink (53%), it’s just not enough for some kids who want hard proof that he’s really been in their home.

Setting up a physical tripwire (11%) and using security motion sensors to track for movement in the night (4%) are just a couple of extreme ways determined young Scots are planning to use.

Kids still plan on leaving the big man his favourite mince pie and a glass of sherry, plus a carrot for Rudolph (66%), however, some are also looking to include a selection of healthier options to help him on his way (16%), or a vegan alternative (10%).

Scottish kids are getting more creative this Christmas in their efforts to catch Santa

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Some kids are not as upbeat this year with 27 per cent admitting they plan to check that Santa will be classified as a key worker so that he can still deliver their presents.

Another 23 per cent went as far as stating that they were concerned that Santa may have to shield due to the pandemic and that he may not visit them at all.

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Andrew Thompson, UK Head of Marketing at SimpliSafe said: “Kids are becoming increasingly tech-savvy and many of them are finding setting up a home security system incredibly easy. But despite the new and creative methods children are employing to catch a glimpse of Santa, he has managed to outwit generations of kids, so we’re confident his magic will get him through 2020 too.”

The survey also revealed that the average family in the UK has nearly £576 of presents under the tree on Christmas Eve so homeowners should ensure that home security is an important consideration this festive season to keep their gifts safe and stop less welcome visitors from entering their home.

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