12/04/2012 16:15 EST | Updated 02/03/2013 05:12 EST

5 ways to curb thefts from your car

Vancouver police are advising members of the public about some simple steps to keep thieves from targeting their cars over the holiday shopping season..

Motorists are advised to:

- Lock items in their trunk.

- Not leave any possessions visible in their car.

- Not to make multiple trips to their car to drop off their shopping.

- Disable their trunk latch so it can't be opened from inside the car.

- Report suspicious people to police.

So far this year, there have been nearly 7,500 thefts from cars in the city.