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Police Warn Residents of Holiday Burglars

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Police warn homeowners about holiday trash. To you, it may seem like you're getting rid of empty boxes, but to burglars, you're letting them see everything that you just unwrapped for Christmas.

After enjoying opening your new toys and gadgets, the Christmas crooks could be peaking through your trash.

"Statistics show that house burglaries go up during the holidays," says Todd Haman Minot PD Crime Prevention Senior Officer.

So, as you're tossing your holiday trash, you may want to think twice before you invite thieves to take a look around.

Even if it's just a box of this new coffee maker, thieves may assume that you have other expensive items in your household. And, if you live in an apartment complex, be sure to toss it in the dumpster and close it up tight.

But those who don't use a dumpster, in order to avoid crooks from rummaging into your trash cans, you can break down the boxes and take them to the recycling center yourself.

Or, you can trade the white trash bags for darker ones to avoid thieves from seeing through them.

 "The other thing is don't advertise on social media whether you're going to be gone, and everybody wants to show off their new Christmas toys. But, it's not a good idea to put that on social media because burglars have access to the same sites that everybody else does. And, they're going to be looking for things like that," says Haman.

But just in case, Haman recommends saving not only receipts, but also serial numbers.

"If we have a serial number, we can notify pawn shops and stuff like that. And, that's a way to track down that item. Or, if we happen to find it doing a traffic stop and we find stuff like that in the back of a car, we can run those serial numbers. And, if it's been reporter as stolen, it will tie that item back. We can also get it back to the rightful owner," says Haman.

And, if you do plan on heading out of town, police recommend making your home appear lived in.

"Leave lights on in your house. They make several different styles of timers so it will randomly turn your lights on, those are good ideas," says Haman.

Or, you can always ask a neighbor or close relative to a keep an eye on your house.

Police also suggests knowing what day trash pickup is. So, you can set your garbage bags on the curb the day of to avoid leaving it out for an extended period of time.

 

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