People who have received expensive presents for Christmas are being advised to take a few simple crime prevention measures to avoid being targeted by thieves.
In the immediate aftermath of festivities, burglars are even more aware that people are in possession of expensive goods.
Ch Insp Derry Crorken said: “Keeping things out of sight and making sure you fully lock up when you go to bed or leave home can help prevent your home being broken into.
“However, if you are targeted by criminals, listing any new electrical items you may receive for Christmas such as televisions, new phones, and gadgets as well as other presents such as bikes, on a property register database, can greatly increase the chances of the items being returned to you.
“When officers seize suspected stolen property, we can use the database to try and reunite it with its original owner.
“Help us to spoil Christmas for criminals by making sure your property is not an easy target.”
Lancashire Police recommends the property register database www.immobilise.com, which is free and takes just a few minutes to sign up to.
For more advice visit www.lancashire.police.uk