Police warn to keep thieves at bay and don’t let them ruin your Christmas.

Stamford, Bourne and the Deepings sector inspector Mike Burnett
Stamford, Bourne and the Deepings sector inspector Mike Burnett
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That’s the message from police as the emergency services prepare for one of their busiest times of the year.

“It is vital for people to remember that criminals don’t stop for Christmas,” said Insp Mike Burnett.

“Christmas is a time to take great care because people have all their presents under the tree, which usually includes a lot of electrical goods and expensive things.

“People need to be mindful of their security and if they see anyone acting suspiciously to report them to us so we can follow it up.”

So far December has seen an increase in burglaries and shoplifting across the area.

Police are investigating three burglaries which have occurred in Stamford this week and Insp Burnett warned people to be on their guard.

He said police had also seen an increase in thefts from shops and supermarkets with alcohol and electrical items the main target.

With party season in full swing officers have also issued safety advice for people getting into the festive spirit at Christmas and New Year’s Eve functions.

Police warned revellers to keep valuables secure and out of sight and to not carry large sums of money. When walking at night, walk in groups and in well lit areas.

Insp Burnett added: “People also need to be careful about drink driving.

“If you have been drinking the safest thing to do is to catch a taxi or not drive at all. Also be very careful about driving to work the next day.

“We have caught a number of people over the limit who didn’t realise they were breaking the law.”

With many families buying bikes and children’s scooters for Christmas, police have launched a security marking initiative.

They are holding sessions to enable people to get their scooters and bicycles marked.

These will be taking place at Stamford police station, on Sunday, December 29, from 6pm to 7.30pm and on Monday, December 30 from 11am to 12.30pm.

And in the New Year sessions will take place at the entrance to Lawrence Park in Thurlby on January 2, from 11am to 12.30pm and at Great Close in South Witham on Janury 3, from 11am to 12.30pm.