Maghull Town Council Labour Councillor Maurice Byrne is warning householders throughout East Sefton to be extra aware following a spate of burglaries in Maghull and Lydiate.
Burglars have reportedly struck at homes throughout Maghull and Lydiate.
In one incident the home of an elderly woman was targeted by thieves.
Merseyside Police Force helicopter and police dog patrols have even responded to burglary reports in Maghull.
Cllr Byrne said: "We have now received a number of calls from people in Maghull reporting a spate of burglaries in the last couple of weeks.
"We are fast approaching Christmas and this is a time when burglars will be thinking that there will be newly purchased present ready for the taking in people's homes.
"We all need to make sure that our homes are fully secure during the day, when we are out and also when we are in. Burglars will think nothing about gaining entry to a property through an insecure door or window when people are at home. It's better to be safe than sorry, particularly at a time when we know there are burglars and thieves about."
Cllr Byrne is warning people to be extra vigilant - particularly in the run up to Christmas.
Cllr Byrne said: "People are starting to put up their Christmas trees now. It is well known that thieves are on the look out for opportunities. That includes looking through people's windows to see what is under the Christmas tree. We need to bare this in mind when putting presents under the tree.
"They will particularly target vulnerable people, so I urge people to keep vigilant on behalf of elderly relatives or neighbours. We need to make sure that people throughout our communities in East Sefton are safe and are not inadvertently giving heartless burglars the opportunity to strike.
"The Labour Action Teams in East Sefton are now warning people throughout the area about the recent incidents.
"We don't want to see any residents in Maghull, Lydiate, Aintree or Melling having to go through the heartbreak of having to deal with the aftermath of a burglary, particularly in the run-up to Christmas.
"Most burglars are opportunists. If you take precautions to ensure your home and the homes of your elderly residents are secure then you reduce the chances of falling victim.
"We all need to be extra vigilant and report anything suspicious directly to the police."