ADVICE is being issued to Christmas shoppers in Huntingdonshire to help safeguard their presents from thieves.

Each year gifts are taken from vehicles or from under the Christmas tree in people s homes.

Chief Inspector Russell Waterston from Cambridgeshir

ADVICE is being issued to Christmas shoppers in Huntingdonshire to help safeguard their presents from thieves.

Each year gifts are taken from vehicles or from under the Christmas tree in people's homes.

Chief Inspector Russell Waterston from Cambridgeshire police said: "There are often easy pickings for criminals this time of year.

"People are in high spirits and are often transporting and storing lots of desirable goods.

"But the same precautions should be taken at Christmas time as every other time of the year.

"We don't want to see expensive gifts disappearing from under the Christmas tree before the festivities begin."

Homeowners are being advised to close the curtains once it gets dark outside, especially if the lights are on inside and not keep presents on show.

Presents should be removed overnight from vehicles.

Empty boxes, which could advertise the Christmas goodies inside the house, should not be left outside on view.

Once Christmas gifts are unwrapped, they can be registered for free at www.immobilise.com, which allows stolen goods to be identified and returned to the owner.

INFORMATION: Any suspicious behaviour should be reported to Cambridgeshire police on 0345 4564564.