GREATER Manchester Police has launched the "Gift of Advice" Christmas campaign for communities across the city region.

Alongside operational activity, GMP is looking at preventative measures to reduce the risk of people becoming a victim of crime over the festive period.

Giving the gift of advice, police chiefs hope the people of Greater Manchester will take action to ensure the best possible Christmas.

They say home security and personal safety is something everyone should be aware of, especially during the festive season.

During the next few weeks the force will launch a range of videos across social media and will detail advice to help keep people and their belongings safe.

As the number of people ordering online increases in the run up to Christmas, especially during Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the first week will start with guidance around shopping online.

Following this, six short videos will be released in the run up to the big day and topics will include, gifts and valuables, home security, personal safety, vehicle crime and burglaries.

Assistant Chief Constable Nick Bailey added: “We want all residents across Greater Manchester to have a safe and enjoyable Christmas. The films we will be releasing have been created to help educate on preventative measures we can all take during the festive period.

“Keeping the residents of Greater Manchester safe is always at the forefront of our work, and I encourage everyone to follow our advice and use the information we are going to be giving out.

“If everyone is aware of the precautions they can take, together we can continue to create places to live that everyone can be proud of.”

From everyone at GMP, we hope you have a safe and enjoyable Christmas.

The first introduction video can be viewed at