Police are warning Christmas shoppers that a number of thefts have been reported across Lanarkshire - with one common thread.
Officers have been called out to a number of incidents where thieves have plundered unlocked vehicles in car parks - in a bid to steal gifts
A police spokesman confirmed: “Please keep cars locked and purchases out of view.”
It was also stressed that gifts should be stored out of plain sight within the home.
The spokesperson added: “These should be locked in cupboards if possible.
“Presents look brilliant under the tree but again should be kept out of view.”
It was stressed too that the base of a tree should always be concealed to deter theft.