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Police warn trash on curb can lead to theft

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Now that you've opened all those gifts Santa left under your tree, what are you going to do with all the trash left over?

It might sound like a silly question, but it's something police are hoping you'll give some serious thought, because even though the holidays and time off is winding down for you, thieves are still working.

"They love holidays," said Frank Gentile of the Delhi Township Police Department.

Year in and year out, police take reports of brand new Christmas gifts stolen thanks to the trash on the curb just outside your front door.  Boxes belonging to new televisions, or your favorite gaming system, quickly become targets for these criminals.

"They watch your daily routine, and then when you least expect it, possibly break into your house.  They know what they're looking for.  They're light enough to carry.  It's a quick in, quick out," Gentile added.

One way, police say, you can protect yourself and not become a victim after Christmas, is by tearing up receipts, and cutting up boxes before throwing them away in your trash.

"If you cut up the boxes and throw the remnants of the box inside the trash can, they never look inside the trash can.  They're not going to go picking through that," Gentile told FOX19.

Police say it's all about using a little common sense, and you can really cut into the chances that the Grinch makes a return to ruin your Christmas after the holiday is over.

"You've just got to be careful.  You've always got to think ahead.  If it looks like it's going to be tempting for somebody, it is going to be tempting for somebody," said Gentile.

Police suggest writing down serial numbers of your electronics, and even taking pictures of gifts.  That can help them find something stolen from you because, a lot of times, the items tend to turn up at places like pawn shops.

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