Don’t let thieves steal your Christmas

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POLICE have re-issued their annual festive message — Don’t let thieves steal your Christmas.

Warnings are going out across the Northumbria force to advise people how to do their best to keep their presents away from thieves’ attention.

Messages will be displayed in shopping centres, on public transport and through radio, as well as on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook, to encourage people to think about crime prevention.

And top of the list is keeping Christmas gifts out of sight in the home and vehicles to avoid them falling prey to opportunity criminals.

Last year, the force recorded 6,235 acquisitive crimes, including burglaries, robberies, shoplifting and theft from cars, between October and January.

Chief Superintendent Gary Calvert said: “We don’t want anyone to fall victim to petty thieves who will take any opportunity to steal belongings which appear accessible to them.

“While we will be out targeting those who commit crime people can help themselves by making life difficult for the opportunist thief.

“People should keep all receipts as proof of purchase in case any gifts are stolen and where possible, make payment with an insured credit or debit card.”

For more crime prevention tips visit www.northumbria.police.uk