Trash May Be Target For Thieves

By: Matt Barbour Email
By: Matt Barbour Email

Now that the presents are unwrapped and the trash at the curb, police want to make sure you keep those Christmas gifts.

Captain James East with the Hazard Police Department says this time of year, homeowners should be cautious.

“During the holiday season there's always an increase of theft, opportunities of theft,” says East. He says one of those opportunities lies in your trash.

“Most people wouldn't even think that there's somebody out there looking to see what your garbage has in it, but the garbage actually tells a story of the person inside the house.”

He says leaving boxes out in the open lets thieves know exactly what you got for Christmas.

“It's actually something you probably need to think about. I mean if someone sees something like you got a big nice television or something and you put the box out and they see that, some thieves might be very interested in that,” says homeowner Joshua Boyd.

Boyd says even though he left boxes out, he is not that concerned.

“We had a pretty good Christmas, but I don't think anyone's going to break into my house for toddler toys, so I think I'll be alright.”

Police also say avoid putting your trash in see through bags.

“With trash that has personal information on it, always make sure that it's in dark colored bags so that people can't see exactly what's in there,” says East.

Homeowners like Janie Hackney say it is all about being proactive.

“We have a shredder that we used here at the house, because we are aware that, that could be a problem and a potential target for thieves,” says Hackney.

She says she will do what it takes to have a trouble-free holiday. Police say they encourage homeowners to set their garbage out on the day it is scheduled to be picked up.

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  • by Jack Location: Harlan on Dec 29, 2008 at 06:27 AM
    If people have loads of cardboard boxes take them to the recycling center. If there isn't a place to recycle them most people around here have burn piles just burn them and be done with it.
  • by tish Location: hazard, ky. on Dec 28, 2008 at 10:54 PM
    even though the william guy says he's greedy, don't sound too greedy to me and he does have somewhat of a point, the way the economy is right now and we all know it will get worse so , why not think of a small change? we have recycling pick-ups and with the growing lay-offs and people needing a way to have a meal could not the county goverment just advertise for people to leave a few unperishables by their garbage to be picked up and then as he, william, said, the charitable organizations would gladly come and collect it or someone passing the home, if they are in need then they could pick it up. and if trust is a question then we all know there's video cam.,s...but then again i am a person that feels very passionate for the needy and matter of fact did exactly what we are talking about here a while back for a guy that had served in the military and had no home so i would have my husband leave him a box of things on his way to work by his garbage can, he always had food to eat.
  • by Zeke Location: Olin on Dec 27, 2008 at 01:33 PM
    Makes one wonder if the theives all knew this, well.... they do now.
  • by William Location: seky on Dec 27, 2008 at 01:18 PM
    You know im one of the most greedy men that ever lived, But this even makes me think maby if people would put out a can of corn or a loaf of bread or a carton of soda beside the trash can call it charity pick up 40,000 homes in one county if 1/4 th of thowes homes give items away each week they would be 10.000 packages to give to the poor. I dont think its the peoples unwillingness to give as much as its the way our system is set up Call it Use it or loose it Charity pick up have trucks to go around town and pick up items for free to give to people in need maby that might cut back on some of the theff problem Charity Trash , it would at least give two more jobs to the men that drives the pick up truck maybe two X thieves might then have a job, ones mans junk is another mans treasure.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 27, 2008 at 09:24 AM
    Another good reason to recycle as much of your trash as you can.
  • by Carry on Dec 27, 2008 at 05:00 AM
    You mean, they don't want the poor to see how well everyone is doing .
  • by Katie Location: E. Ky on Dec 27, 2008 at 04:38 AM
    Excellent info. Thanks
  • by truth teller Location: prestonsburg ky on Dec 26, 2008 at 09:17 PM
    dont know bout everyone else but here in good little ole p-burg its the trash men that u have to watch out for..they rip the bags open if they cant see whats inside and are know as dumpster its not just the passing by people to watch out for.


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