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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