SHOPPERS in Brighouse and Elland are to get an extra crime prevention boost in the run-up to Christmas.
Four new police community support officers will be visiting the towns giving out crime prevention advice in a bid to thwart the thieves.
The officers - Sally Burke, Katherine Briggs, Marilyn Jackson and Julie Horner - will be urging people to take care of their belongings and keep their wallets, purses and presents out of view.
Sgt Phil Wiggins, of Calderdale police, said:
"Christmas is coming and with it a host of increased opportunities for criminals.
"The idea is for the police community support officers to visit places on busy shopping days to see as many people as possible and offer help and advice, particularly in relation to vehicle crime, thefts, house burglaries and personal safety.
"It is also a great opportunity for local communities to meet our new support officers, who they may have heard about, but not yet come across."
To back up the crime prevention messages, the support officers will also be watching out for cars which may prove tempting to opportunist thieves.
If they see items on display in a car, details of the car will be noted and a letter sent to the registered keeper urging them to take simple crime prevention steps.
Sgt Wiggins added: "Everyone will be laden down with gifts, which should be kept well out of sight.
"We are determined to ensure that criminals have a less than happy Christmas in Calderdale."