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Connects Against Crime: Police Warn to Use Caution Throwing Out Holiday Trash

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 01:16 PM CDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) -- Check any neighborhood and there's still signs of Christmas hanging around and in some areas, some of the biggest unwanted items from Christmas are being hauled away by these guys. 

"It's that time of year when you've got the tv's, the microwaves, the whatever and then here the boxes are at the curbside," says Sgt. Cristy Hamblin. 

For instance on this street in Hiawatha, several big boxes out in plain sight, according to police this is what you don't want to do. 
"I know we all want to get our house back in order by New Year's Eve but take a little bit longer to discard it," Hamblin said. 
Now that the gifts are no longer under the tree and out of the box, tossing the box out could leave you vulnerable to thieves, instead cut the box into small pieces and make sure you also cut off the serial number. 

"Make a habit as well to record all your serial numbers," says Hamblin. 

Sgt. Hamblin says this IS also be the perfect time to jot down your home inventory.
So far this year police have recorded more than 200 stolen televisions. Of that, only 60 owners had the serial number on file.
Police say they want to help prevent more holiday theft, so before you take out the trash remember to do so sparingly.

Connects Against Crime: Police Warn to Use Caution Throwing Out Holiday Trash

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