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Holiday trash could make your home a target for thieves

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COLUMBUS, Ga. -

Columbus police say one of the most popular times for burglaries are days following the holidays.

Police say thieves aren't just watching what you buy, but also what you throw away. So you may want to think twice before placing the empty box of that new big screen out on the curb for trash pickup.

The Barnes family spent Christmas Eve finishing some last-minute shopping.

“We came out shopping to pick up some last minute gifts, mostly for my mother. She's one of those people who's hard to buy for. My husband has the great idea of buy her a TV,” says Elaine Barnes.

Gifts like the 38-inch television the Barnes’ bought could make you a target for thieves, unless you discard it properly.

Corporal Thomas Hill is a detective with the Columbus Police Burglary and Theft division. He says if you place empty boxes or bags out on the curb for trash pick-up, it's something thieves may notice.

“This has been mentioned to us by suspects and people that do commit burglaries as one of the things that they look for,” says Hill.

Hill recommends holding on to the empty boxes and save them for when you move. Or if you need to discard them, do it discreetly.

Waste management says there's no collection on Christmas Day and landfills are also closed. They recommend waiting until Thursday to take your boxes to a landfill or to your local dumpster.

Hill also says you can cut the box up and put it in a garbage or lawn bag. But if you do this, you're going to want to limit the amount of time it sits on your curb.

Waste management picks up on Thursday and Friday. If you're normal trash collection days are Monday and Thursday, your trash will be picked up on Thursday. If your days are Tuesday and Friday, it will be picked up on Friday.

The Barnes family says they're taking precaution this holiday season and will remind their family to follow the tips.

“My mom recycles so we'll fold the box up so you can't see what it is and put it under the recycling,” says Barnes.

Police also say to remove anything valuable in your car -- even if it's in your driveway. They say car thefts also increase during the holiday season.

Police say most of the seasonal burglaries occur between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day.

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