A new fancy television is reason to celebrate and brag, but leaving
the box outside on the curb advertises to bad guys exactly where to find
the cool toys.
This week, the folks at the Pearland Police Department released a
photo on Facebook of a resident's curb, complete with a 70-inch TV box
out front, next to the usual home trash.
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"Out shopping this holiday season? So are crooks!" the police
wrote in the caption. "Don't leave packing boxes like this in front of
your home. By doing so you are letting would-be home burglars know you
just bought a TV or other goodies."
Police suggest breaking down the boxes and placing them in a garbage bin or taking them to an area recycling center.
"When not at home, close
your blinds and lock the gate to your backyard," they added. Once
again, a no-brainer and sadly this is how the world is these days.
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This time of year is also prime-time for those who steal packages
from front doors after deliveries. It may be gift-giving season for
most, but the holidays mean it's gift-taking season for thieves who prey
on packages left on front doors.
Most people are now having packages delivered not to their homes, but
to their places of business. If the boss is OK with the added
distraction, it's a great way to sidestep thieves and to ensure the
safety of a package.
Craig Hlavaty is a reporter for Chron.com and HoustonChronicle.com. He's an intolerable native Texan with too much ink in his skin and too much brisket stuck in his teeth.