Motorists have been advised to keep their vehicles safe and secure this Christmas to avoid becoming the victim of thieves, portadowntimes.co.uk reports.
Police forces in Craigavon, Northern Ireland, have warned motorists that whilst they might be out and about for some festive bargains, so too are the thieves. To combat this, the Police offered a number of hints and tips for motorists to keep their vehicles safe.
Crime prevention officer Michelle Wilson explained: "In the run up to Christmas more people are out and about shopping and buying presents and no one wants the festive season to be ruined by thieves and criminals.
"We are reminding the public of steps they can take to protect property in their vehicles."
The first tip was to avoid storing items in the car which could be conceived to be valuable. Gift-wrapped presents or new purchases still in their bags can be advertisements for thieves and entice them to break in.
Next, Wilson urged motorists to keep their vehicles locked at all times, even if they're only leaving them for a minute. Thieves can strike in seconds, she warned, so keeping the car locked is an ample deterrent.
Motorists may also wish to consider putting a vehicle tracking system on their Christmas list as this could help locate it much quicker in the case of a theft.
"It only takes seconds to break into a car so we are also asking all residents... to be vigilant," Wilson told destinationnewry.com. "If you see something that looks out of place or not quite right, phone us straight away."