ESSEX Police have issued a number of simple security checks that people can make to help protect their Christmas gifts.
Dozens of people have received new phones, games consoles and other electricals during the festive period.
Simple steps such as taking photographs of your devices, writing down their unique serial or identification numbers and storing this information safely and securely can assist officers in the event of a crime.
These details could also assist a people with any insurance, guarantee or warranty enquiries.
Other steps include security marking your property or registering for free with Immobilise, which helps identify the owners of recovered property every day.
All you need to do is register on the Immobilise website and list possessions identifiable by a unique reference number like IMEI and serial number.
Pc Scott Deal, stolen property officer, said: “We are committed and thinking of our communities during one of our busiest times of the year.
“Christmas is coming to a close and opportunists are still operating. By taking simple steps you can help assist our officers in the unfortunate event of theft and burglary.”
“Remember, a house that is left insecure is an attractive target for thieves and burglars can strike at any time. Most burglaries can be prevented by securing your home with three out of 10 occurring after a door or window has been left open.”
For other simple steps to protect your property, visit https://www.essex.police.uk/advice/your-property/.