Before you take those empty Christmas boxes to the garbage, think twice. Thieves may see your trash, as treasure. "This Christmas, flat screen TV's actually flew off our shelves, very hot ticket item, so a lot of people coming in, wanting to get into HD", says Best Buy Customer Assistant Supervisor Jesse Tew. Once you get the TV, what do you do with the giant box? Most people would say, they'd throw it out with the rest of their trash. The problem is, thieves realize the empty boxes mean valuables inside. So they know which houses to target their break-ins. "When you put it out there on display, you never know who's going to be coming by to see it and they may wait until you go to work, they may scope out your house and wait until you're not there and then try to go in your house and take whatever you got for Christmas", says Corporal Billy Owen of the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office. But when taking out the garbage, the possibility of a criminal casing the house, isn't something everyone contemplates. Krysten Parker of Wilmington, has other things on her mind. "Sorting the recycling, making sure everything goes to the appropriate place and getting it to the curb on time", Parker says. But it's something to think about as you're cleaning up from Christmas. Instead of putting the boxes on the curb out in the open, New Hanover Corporal Billy Owen has an alternative suggestion. "Break the boxes down. If you want to take them out and put them out on the roadside, turn them inside out, or something where they won't show, give a visual display of what they just got for Christmas", he says. Corporal Owen also recommends waiting until the morning your trash gets picked up to put out the big boxes that held the big ticket items. You can also bring the empty Christmas boxes to a landfill or recycling location. That way, there is no evidence of the valuables in your home.
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