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Date: Dec 22, 2017

By Louise Rogers-Feher, Baltimore County Police Department

The holidays are a time for exchanging gifts. High tech toys, electronics, high priced cellphones and other valuable presents are on many lists.

Burglars love this time of year, too. A box with a photo of your new big-screen TV, computer or game console is burglar bait. Thieves drive around neighborhoods checking out empty boxes on the curbs to see who received high dollar items for the holidays. Then, they make their own “shopping lists” of items to steal from  homes.

Don’t make your home a target for burglars

Spread out the weeks you recycle your empty boxes. Baltimore County has designated days to put out mixed recyclables, including boxes and paper. Check the recycling schedule for your neighborhood. If you must put out everything on one recycling day, break down the boxes and place the product name inside-out.

This may seem like a lot of work, but it will save you the time of filling out paperwork for the police and insurance company.

Seems like a fair exchange.

Revised September 11, 2017