Leicestershire Police has released a list of tips to keep people safe from crime over Christmas.
The force has published several key messages on its website. Officers will also be putting up brightly-coloured posters designed by an eight-year-old boy to raise awareness of their advice.
Detective Chief Inspector Rich Ward said: “In recent months we have launched campaigns to target burglary, robbery and car crime.
“As we approach the festive season we often see an increase in burglaries and theft from cars.
“We are also conscious that many people will be enjoying nights out and drinking maybe more than they are used to.
“Our brightly coloured leaflets and the images will remind people to take some simple steps to keep themselves, their home and their car safe.
“On a final note I would ask that if you see anything suspicious to ring us on 101 or in an emergency, 999. I would rather we attend a call which has been made with good intent than hear about it a couple of days later.”
The advice focuses on the home, vehicles and out and about. At home people are asked to keep Christmas presents out of sight, always lock doors and windows and leave a light on in the evening.
Drivers have been warned to make sure they lock their vehicles, put Christmas shopping in the boot rather than on display, and park in well-lit areas.
And police have asked people to be aware and alert while out and about, by booking cabs home from Christmas parties, drinking sensibly and showing respect for neighbours if coming back late.
The full list of tips and advice can be seen online at www.leics.police.uk.