Residents have been given an early chance to make sure thieves cannot get away with stealing their new Christmas presents.
A special event was held in Earls Barton to give people an opportunity to get their presents and other treasured belongings security marked with UV markers by police officers and PCSOs.
Police marked a range of items including bikes, mobile phones, iPods, hand-held games consoles and MP3 players with UV markers and then added the items to the Immobilise database.
It is a database of property information which helps the police to return stolen goods to their owners.
Officers also gave out free bicycle alarms, child activity kits and crime prevention booklets and advised owners of iPhones, iPods, iPad or other Apple Mac gadgets how to install the Find My iPhone feature which helps in recovering the device should it be stolen or lost.
The UV marking event was held at Earls Barton police station last week.