AFTER the Christmas festivities and the giving and receiving of presents, Wiltshire Police are reminding people to keep valuables, homes and vehicles safe.

A spokesman said: “It is important to ensure your home and vehicles are secure and that you take precautions in order to stop opportunistic criminals who will have no concern about taking new gifts from loved ones.

“When out shopping, keep your purse and handbag near you and don’t carry large amounts of cash. Mobile phones and wallets in back pockets are also a target so keep them secure. Be careful at cash machines and when paying with your card, shield your PIN and remember never to give the number to anyone, even bank staff.”

Crime Prevention Officer Robert Walton said: “By making sure you keep your home, and vehicles secure and most importantly reporting any suspicious activity, you can help prevent yourself and members of your community from becoming a victim.”