The Drumheller RCMP has a few tips for area residents this holiday season.

First up, use timers, to reduce the chance of theft. Corporal Steve Lloyd explained that this old trick still does the job.

"Timers are good. [They] save energy, plus the timer might give somebody the impression you're home as well. Take those extra steps. It is the time of year when a lot of this stuff does happen."

Another big potential theft item for the 2017 holiday season is mail.

"Mail is always a topic with money being sent in the mail and whatnot," said Lloyd. "Everybody should check their mail regularly, don't leave stuff in their boxes laying around [and] keep their eyes open for themselves and their neighbours."

Finally, although not as prevalent as in previous years, Lloyd recommends being careful with anything you leave outside unattended, including Christmas decorations.

"Knocking on wood -- last year we had a fair bit of [decoration theft], but it's better than last year. Everyone should be cautious. If they leave anything out, there's always the potential, but I know the rate is down from last year."

In addition, Lloyd said drivers should "take their time, don't be in a rush and stay sober."

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