PEOPLE in South Tyneside are being urged to protect new Christmas gifts from thieves by logging on to a security website.
The reminder by police comes as people received bikes, gadgets and other valuables for Christmas.
They are being urged to log onto website Immobilise and register their gifts.
This means if items are lost or stolen and later recovered, they can be returned to their rightful owners.
It also aids police to prove items are stolen when apprehending criminals. Northumbria Police Superintendent Mick Paterson said: “Many people will have received devices such as iPhones, games consoles and laptops for Christmas, and I’m sure crime prevention is not something which is at the forefront of their mind when they have just received gifts and are enjoying festivities.
“But I’d like to remind people that it’s important to take a few moments to take a note of the serial number and register with Immobilise, where an image can be uploaded and the serial number recorded.
“The more people that register with Immobilise, the easier it is to return stolen property and the more difficult it is for criminals to profit from their crimes.”
The advice is part of Operation Soundwave – a campaign aimed at cutting volume crime and tackling opportunist thieves.
It is free to register and ownership details can be viewed by police across the country.
Meanwhile, those who received iPads, iPhones and other similar smartphones and tablets for Christmas are urged to activate built-in GPS systems and download apps, which help locate stolen property.
To sign up, visit www.immobilise.com. For crime prevention information, visit http://www.northumbria.police.uk/crimeprevention.