Garda warning to Christmas shoppers: Thieves may be watching you and your home

Homeowners with Christmas items in their houses as well as shoppers are being warned they could be watched by criminals at this busy time of the year.

And neighbours are also being urged to keep an eye on each other, and on homes and properties.

Today is the shortest day of the year, which highlights the lengthy cover of darkness around this time under which burglars and thieves can operate.

Garda Crime Prevention Officer in Donegal, Sergeant Paul Wallace, has this advice.