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Your Christmas trash could make you a target

Christmas has come and gone, but local law enforcement want to remind you that there are precautions you should take to keep your Christmas presents safe.

Posted: Dec. 26, 2018 10:58 PM

NEW YORK MILLS, N.Y. - Christmas has come and gone, but local law enforcement want to remind you that there are precautions you should take to keep your Christmas presents safe.

With trash pick-up right after Christmas, you may not think about what you're putting on display.

Experts say throwing out marked boxes from big ticket items like TV’s or video game devices, could make you a target for criminals.

Garbage sitting at your curb can show what valuables you have inside your home.

"Every year new criminals come into town, there could be somebody else scoping out this year so we just want to make sure that people are having some preventative measures to make sure they don't become a victim," said Sgt. Robert Frankland, with the New York Mills Police Department. "Criminals don't take holidays off so just make sure you can do everything in your power to make sure you're not a victim of someone coming and scoping out your garbage and your trash."

Frankland recommends that you cut large boxes into smaller pieces, or drop them off at a local recycling center.

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