AN increase in burglaries throughout November has prompted the police to issue a warning to locals.

The new campaign highlights the importance of protecting homes and valuables from opportunistic thieves at Christmas.

Superintendent Scott Green said: “Over the festive season, thieves can take advantage of the fact that peoples’ homes will be full of Christmas presents or vacant as they go away for the festive season.

“Often, items of sentimental value which can never be replaced, including Christmas presents, are taken.“