Make sure your recycling bin doesn’t tip off holiday thieves

WASHINGTON — There’s one last step homeowners can do to protect their gifts this season: Pay attention while taking out the trash.

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Department is reminding its online followers to think twice before throwing out the boxes for their new electronics and gaming systems this holiday.

Similar to how delivered packages are vulnerable to theft before recipients bring them inside to wrap, officials say advertising the holiday haul, especially pricey electronics, at the recycling bin could catch a criminal’s eye.

Police departments across the country are spreading the message on social media.

When recycling the boxes of new gifts, homeowners should collapse and fold them inside out, to prevent their house from becoming a burglar’s target, police say.

Megan Cloherty

WTOP Investigative Reporter Megan Cloherty primarily covers breaking news, crime and courts.

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