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Crime tip: Don't leave boxes from expensive gifts on the curb

Crime tip: Don't leave boxes from expensive gifts on the curb

Empty boxes that advertise gifts like “50-Inch 4K TV” are a sign to a potential burglar of the expensive new gadgets in your home.

Instead of placing those boxes on the curb for everyone to see, consider breaking them down and putting them inside your recycling cart. Or put them inside a plastic trash bag and leave them next to your trash cart on your trash pick-up day between December 26-30, when Lakewood’s trash contractor EDCO runs extra trash trucks to pick up holiday trash.

Do remember that you should not place so many boxes in your recycling cart that the lid won’t close. The mechanical arms of the recycling truck can’t safely dump the cart in those instances and you run the risk of having your cart skipped for pick up.