Residents are being urged to keep their Christmas presents safe and secure.
Northumbria Police are recommending members of the public to get gifts and items registered with free property logging website Immobilise.com
The crime prevention step will mean if new property given as presents is stolen and later recovered it can be returned to the rightful owner.
Ownership details can be viewed by police across the country on the National Mobile Property Register (NMPR).
Northumbria Police Superintendent Sav Patsalos said: “People are already stocking up for Christmas.
“I’m sure with the excitement of Christmas crime prevention is not something which is at the forefront of people’s minds.
“But it’s the ideal opportunity – while new items are still in the box and have all of the important details such as serial numbers on them – to register property.
“People can sign up using their email address and a password only they will know.
“All sorts of valuable and sentimental items can be logged with Immobilise, and there’s a facility to upload photographs as well.”
“It means if it is stolen and recovered, it can be returned to the rightful owner as well as ensuring those found in possession of it can be dealt with, potentially preventing further crime.
“The more people that register with Immobilise, the easier it is to return stolen property and the more difficult it is for criminals to profit from their crimes.”
Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird said: “One of my key objectives is promoting crime prevention and it’s important we encourage people to play their part in helping to reduce crime by not only taking steps to protect their property but using the free Immobilise service.
“By registering property in this way, communities can help support the work which is being carried out by their local neighbourhood officers, increasing the chances of getting any stolen property back and stopping the thieves profiting from their valuables.”
Residents are urged to protect their homes – lock doors and secure windows – and report anything suspicious in your community to police.