Warning not to leave packaging on show

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Householders have been warned not to leave packaging for valuable gifts on view.

A picture published several times on Twitter highlights the ‘open invitation’ that can unwittingly be left for thieves by leaving packaging outside to collection.

Among those sounding the alert were Fareham Neighbourhood Watch and firefighters at Portchester.

They tweeted the picture of a pile of cardboard on the kerb next to a recycling bin with the message: ‘Please dispose of all waste correctly.

‘Not only a chance for arsonist to strike,but also shows thieves what’s inside.’