Presents left on display in cars and house windows make an inviting target for criminals.
And the force has issued several tips to help people avoid becoming another statistic.
“If travelling in your vehicle keep presents out of sight – if they can been seen they can be stolen,” said a police spokesperson.
“Sat Navs are high on the thieves’ shopping lists. When you leave your car take them with you, always closing windows and locking doors. Also engage steering locks and the alarm if your vehicle is fitted with one.
“If you plan to leave in the early hours don’t leave your keys in the ignition and vehicle unattended while defrosting your car.
“Before you leave home ensure all doors and windows are locked and that any gifts or items of value are kept out of view.
“Consider using timers to operate lights or radios, cancel milk and papers and ask a neighbour to keep an eye on your house while you are away.
“A lot of gifts are electrical items. Mmark your property using an ultraviolet pen, with your postcode and house number and write down make/model and serial numbers of such items.
“If you are giving an electrical item as a gift keep a note of these too.
“If you need to report a crime please call 101 or 999 in an emergency.
“Have a safe, happy and crime-free Christmas,” they added.