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Police Scotland has launched a campaign aimed at ensuring festive high street and online shoppers and revellers stay safe over Christmas and New Year.

The Festive Safety campaign’s key crime prevention tips includ hiding gifts from view in your car and only use trusted sites when shopping online - look for the ‘padlock’ in the address line before entering details.

Officers say don’t advertise an empty home by posting festive plans online and always use an alarm if you’re leaving the house.

Inspector Stuart Wilson, Police Scotland Community Safety Department, said: “Communities across Dumfries and Galloway become busier day and night over the festive period with shoppers and people out celebrating.

“Unfortunately there are those who exploit the festive period for the wrong reasons. Prevention is essential in removing opportunities for criminals.

“On the run up to Christmas everyone is busy making preparations. We are asking you to take a moment to think about the simple preventative measures you can take to discourage criminals and to stay safe.”

Angela Parker, Scotland Crimestoppers Trust, said: “Fraudulent crime has increased by 60 per cent over the past five years. Independent charity Crimestoppers Scotland can help stop this type of crime across Scotland.”

Call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or see crimestoppers-uk.org.