The Campbell River RCMP has some tips to make sure your holiday is joyful and merry.

It says first and foremost, you should plan a safe ride home because impaired driving is simply unacceptable.

“If your safety and the safety of others isn’t enough to help you make good decisions perhaps the police can interest you in a 90-day licence suspension with substantial fines,” says Constable Maury Tyre with the RCMP.

Another important tip is for all Christmas shoppers to keep your valuables out of sight and lock your car. The RCMP says brightly wrapped presents and new electronics are like candy to property criminals when they are left in view on the car seat.

Constable Tyre also says the RCMP understands that the holiday season can be a very stressful time for many people but added if you find yourself on edge or overstressed to leave the alcohol alone.

“Police deal regularly with disputes where alcohol is a major contributing factor. Unfortunately, when alcohol gets added to uncomfortable situations it tends to make matters worse, not better and nothing ruins a holiday gathering faster than the police being called,” said Tyre.

“At the Campbell River RCMP, we would like to wish everyone in Campbell River a safe and happy holiday season,” Tyre added.

The RCMP responded to 268 calls from November 26th to December 3rd; up four percent from last year.

As always, if you have information regarding criminal activity call the Campbell River RCMP at 250-286-6221.