THEFT has topped the list of criminal activities committed in the Northern Division with 14 cases for this month alone.
The situation has prompted police to sound a fresh warning for people to prepare a checklist before leaving their houses at any time of the day.
Divisional police commander Northern SSP Naulumatua Lutunacaucau said assault was second with 10 cases followed by indecent insult and annoying another person with five cases.
"These are all reports for this month alone," he said.
"For theft, we are reiterating the need for people to exercise extreme caution. If you are going out to visit family members or to attend other functions, please prepare a checklist.
"The checklist should include the locking of all doors and windows. Also, lump sums of money should be kept in the bank and expensive jewellery kept in a safe deposit box."
SSP Lutunacaucau added that people should install a burglar alarm, sensor light or close circuit surveillance camera (CCTV) system to cover the access points of their premises.
"If you are going to be away for a period of time, advice your neighbours to keep an eye on suspected intruders and opportunists," he said.
"We want this festive season to be a peaceful and harmonious one and that's why we are ensuring a tight security patrol in urban, peri-urban and rural areas in the North until next month."