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Waste Management Warns of Holiday Thieves

Company recommends thoroughly breaking down boxes or personally bringing trash and recycling to a facility to prevent burglaries.

Waste Management is reminding its customers that as the holiday season comes to an end, people should be careful of what they throw away. The company warns residents that placing boxes that expensive holiday gifts came in can tip off thieves to the new gadgets in their homes.

To help prevent that from happening, Waste Management recommends breaking down all the boxes gifts came in and making sure they fit completely inside trash or recycling bins. Additionally, the company recommends waiting to put out trash until the morning of trash day or personally taking it to a trash or recycling facility.

Waste Management also has a program called “Waste Watch,” where it trains its drivers to lookout for suspicious activity.

KKTV News 11 has more details:

With the holiday over and the presents unwrapped, a local trash company is reminding people to be careful of what they throw away.

Waste Management said placing the boxes that your holiday gifts came in out on your curb can tip off thieves to the new toys and electronics now sitting inside your home.

“They’re looking for the hot items … the newest TVs, the games that kids play nowadays,” said Dave Bernal, Waste Management’s southern Colorado district manager. “They’re looking out for that … the expensive stuff.”

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