Thwarting Christmas Bandits

By: Jarrod Aldom
By: Jarrod Aldom

With all their Christmas gifts opened, people are now starting to get rid of the leftover trash. But police say you should be careful how you do it.

The Rockingham County Sheriff's Office and Harrisonburg police say people should be aware what types of boxes they put out for the trash collectors. Big ticket like DVD players, video game systems, and wide-screen TV's can attract unwanted attention from burglars.

"With the boxes sitting out on the curb that would allow a criminal driving by to see those boxes, and they would know what someone had gotten for Christmas and what was possible inside the house," says Deputy Carroll Knupp. "And that might cause them to target that house."

Police say to make sure you cut up or fold boxes of big ticket items before putting them in the trash. And don't put out your trash until the night before or day of trash collection.


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