With Christmas fast approaching, police are warning festive shoppers to be vigilant against thieves seeking to ruin the season by stealing presents.
Theft of presents from cars is a particularly prevalent during the winter months, with police advising the public against leaving items on show in their vehicles.
Basic procedures such as locking your car and leaving presents in the boot or under the front seat rather than on the seats will reduce the risk of being targeted by opportunistic criminals.
Sgt Hann from Morley NPT said: “It’s an opportunistic crime and has such an impact on the victim, particularly now in times of austerity. Most people are working to a budget and its probably harder for most than it ever has been.”
The authorities have also warned that vehicle document and Sat Nav theft as well as number plate stealing are all on the increase. Number plates should be secured with clutch head screws.