Crooks watching for TV boxes put by the curb to know which houses to rob
By law, any and all holiday crime stories must be linked to Home Alone and a requisite YouTube clip.
Much like the Wet Bandits casing upscale Chicago neighbourhoods, real-life crooks are reportedly doing the same in the U.S., scoping out homes not for suitcases by the door but what’s waiting at the curb instead.
Your garbage, cops say, may just be an invitation for burglars to come on in these holidays.
According to a CBS affiliate out of Texas, garbage crews are already working overtime in the days after Christmas, of course, scooping and cramming tons of cardboard from boxes that once held TVs and stereo systems and iPhones and tablets.
But one man’s trash truly becomes another’s treasure come holiday time, when thieves use unsuspecting residents’ garbage to gauge whether or not it’s worth breaking into their home.
“Unfortunately, we have story after story of people getting a new TV, putting the box out, and a few days later their house is broken into and their TV is gone,” a City of Fort Worth, Texas, official said.
Surely, you can take a drive around any neighbourhood in your town and see the boxes to plenty of holiday items sitting out on the curb. But what are people to do?
The best defence for garbage-seeking crooks is to fold up your boxes and take them to a recycling depot near you.
Click the above Bing link to find one closest to home.
By Jason Buckland, MSN Money