ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) - Police are warning residents not to put boxes from big, expensive gifts on the curb because those boxes are a sign to burglars. Instead, police are offering drop-off spaces for recycled items.
Police said that instead of advertising new TVs and other electronics outside your home, drop them off at designated facilities.
According to St. Paul police, before and after the holidays, officers receive burglary reports in which residents have had their new electronics stolen from their homes. Past burglars told police that the boxes tipped them off.
Shakopee police are advising people to visit the recycling dumpster near the Shakopee Engineering building, and St. Paul police are holding a drop-off until Friday, Jan. 6, at the Western District Police Office on Hamline Avenue.
Don't let burglars see the gifts you received. Recycle your large item boxes for free at our Western District (389 Hamline Ave N). pic.twitter.com/Ej6eAzZZJz— St. Paul Police PIO (@sppdPIO) December 26, 2016
Don't want strangers knowing what you received for Christmas? The city has a free cardboard-only dumpster outside the Engineering bldg. pic.twitter.com/71Qxy4PISl— Shakopee Police (@ShakopeePD) December 23, 2016