Taking out the trash: Your garbage could make you a target for thieves


by Claudia Coffey


Posted on December 27, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 27 at 7:01 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- By now, you've likely hooked up that new TV or game system you got for Christmas, and you have probably tossed all those needless boxes out with the trash.

You may want to hold on to those boxes a little longer - your trash could be a billboard for thieves.

Police are warning residents to take care with their trash. Flat screen TV boxes, game system boxes and boxes from any other expensive electronic device you can think of line the curb sides all across Kentuckiana. Seems innocent enough, taking out the trash, but those boxes tell thieves exactly what they can find inside your home.

Some residents are already taking precautions.

"Don't leave it out there overnight just put it out there before they come  They are usually pretty consistent about the time they come so I only put it out an hour or two before they come and get it," Louisville resident Larry Engler said.

"I don't break it up because it’s too much trouble, but I do fold it up and stick it in the can," Jennifer May said.

LMPD said break-ins are more likely to happen right after the holidays and all that trash we throw out is an advertisement of all the new goodies received under the tree. All thieves have to do is wait til your not home.

"So what we suggest is when you are putting those nice things out on the curb, cut those boxes up, turn them inside out where there are no writing or pictures and put them inside the trash boxes if you can," Dwight Mitchell, Louisville Metro Police public information officer, said.

Another suggestion: Wait until the last minute to take the trash out, especially if you know the time of your pick up.

"What you don't want to do is to make it so easy for criminals, make a thief bypass your home and go someplace else," Mitchell said.