Don't put gift boxes on curb: Police
D.C. Police e-mail listservs have been active recently with residents welcoming back Assistant Chief Diane Groomes, who came back to work last week after she was cleared in an alleged cheating scandal.
Police officials also are telling residents how to protect those new laptops, flat screens and cameras from burglars: hide the boxes they came in.
Don't put them on the curb in front of your house because, they say, that tells would-be criminals what you've got.
"In too many cases, residents make it easy for burglars to figure out which homes to target by putting boxes that identify their new gifts in plain view with their other garbage," warn police.
Here are some tips:
- Don't leave boxes from new electronics in the alley or other garbage pick-up locations. Instead, break down any boxes you are throwing out, put them in garbage bags and place them inside a trash can.
- Think about keeping broken-down boxes inside -- in a garage, for example -- until the evening before your regular garbage pick-up. Burglars look inside garbage cans for evidence of holiday gifts.
- If you see someone suspicious casing your alley, call the non-emergency number, 3-1-1. If you see a burglary in progress, call 9-1-1.
| December 27, 2010; 9:33 AM ET
Categories: Allison Klein, The District, Updates
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