It’s a busy time of year for local police and they’re sending a few tips to reduce theft.

Haliburton Highlands OPP says you should always lock your vehicle, even if it’s in your driveway, and keep valuables out of site. When in a parking lot, they say to park in a well-lit area.

Women are also reminded not to leave their purse in a cart while shopping.

OPP also suggest using a bank machine that’s in a visible and active area.

Another suggestion is to put out presents at the last minute if your tree is visible from outside.

For more holidays safety tips, go to the OPP website.