Toss Christmas boxes at city disposal bins, not curb | News
Clearwater Beach, Florida -- The best way to let burglars know what expensive gifts you received for Christmas is to advertise their packaging on the front curb.
Wrappings from computers, video game consoles, flat screen TVs and other major purchases attract the attention of criminals eager to take what's rightly yours.
"It's like window shopping for a thief," says Clearwater Deputy Police Chief Sandra Wilson. "When he or she sees a bunch of boxes at the curb, all they have to do is decide which home has the items they would like. So what you thought was a simple act of taking out the trash actually increases your risk of becoming a burglary victim."
To help you avoid becoming a target, the city is conducting Operation Safe Disposal, allowing beach residents to drop Christmas gift packaging in a recycled bin the following locations:
Clearwater Police Headquarters
645 Pierce Street
Countryside Fire Station 50
2681 Countryside Boulevard
Clearwater Beach Recreation Center (Out front at the recycling drop off center)
69 Bay Esplanade Boulevard
Clearwater Solid Waste/General Services
1701 N. Hercules Avenue
2400 Harn Boulevard
Clearwater Fire Station 49
565 Sky Harbor Drive
Ross Norton Recreation Center
1426 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.
North MLK Police Sub-station
1310 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.
The bins will be available from Christmas Eve through Jan. 2.
As an extra measure, police advise that you keep a record of valuable gifts by documenting make, model, serial numbers and a detailed description. You can obtain a form online.