Police in Lancashire are playing Scrooge this Christmas by launching “Operation Bah Humbug” to make it an unfestive season for crooks.
Known burglars and thieves will be getting greetings cards warning they are being watched in the build up to Santa’s visit.
And householders and shoppers will be getting tips to ensure they keep their valuables safe.
The initiative will see officers out and about in town centres giving out free jingle bell purse alarms to attach to bags while out shopping for presents.
Additional car park signs have been put up around the county to remind drivers to lock their vehicles and remove their valuables from view when shopping and on nights out.
Festive safety messages will also feature on social media and the force’s website.
The campaign will be complemented by a booklet being distributed to the public covering different types of crime, giving advice to householders, shoppers, revellers and motorists.
And, in addition, 20,000 newsletters have also been distributed to residents, giving them tips on how to have a safe and enjoyable Christmas.
Assistant Chief Constable Mark Bates said: “We want people to be able to enjoy the festivities, while being sensible to prevent themselves becoming victims of crime.
“We are also making known criminals, such as previous burglars, know that they are on our radar. We will be keeping a close eye on them and we will arrest and charge those responsible for taking advantage of the opportunities to commit crime at this time of year.”