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Empty Christmas gift boxes could entice thieves

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LAWTON, OK (KSWO) - As you and your family may be enjoying your holiday gifts,thieves may be taking note of what you received all from the outside of your home.

Police say it's the boxes your gifts came in, thrown away and sitting out at the curb, that could be an invitation for criminals. 


While police have not received any reports so far, but they are warning residents not to advertise their items, by putting the boxes outside with other trash. 
The same rule applies for social media.
Police say, posting pictures of what you got for Christmas is just showing potential burglars what you have in your home.

It's the day after Christmas and you might be enjoying playing that Play station 4 on your new flat panel TV, but  police say thieves can tell who got TVs, computer games, new bikes and more just from the boxes left at the curb/with the rest of their trash. 


"For me I always tell people to break it down, break it down to as far as you can get them, putting them inside out or take them an dump them at dump or some other location don't put them outside your home", said Jenkins.

There are other things people can do.

 "Well tell them wait  to the most convenient time to where you are not giving anytime in time frame for someone to look and see what you got, so if you can wait until the next trash pick up day or wait as long as you can or put the box in your garage if you have too", said Jenkins.

Jenkins said thieves also target social media, so be careful what you post on Facebook, Twitter, and Snap Chat because potential burglars are always looking for the next opportunity.

"If you are going out of town or on vacation especially I always see people put that I'm on vacation or I'm in Hawaii. People see that other people's friends can see that and they know you are gone", said Jenkins.

"If they see a chance to come in your house and you have something that is worth value or things of that nature or if they feel worth something, they are going to watch it to see when they could come in", said Jenkins.

 It's also helpful for neighbors to look out for each other.

"Check on your neighbors make sure they are okay around this holiday season we see that a lot people don't know about their neighbors make sure they are doing fine. watch each other properties if you know they are at work today and they got boxes and things outside and stuff like that watch their property for them and make sure no one is breaking in because in the end we are all one community", said Jenkins.

It's not just homes thieves target, they also target apartments and cars so make sure you don't leave anything inside your vehicle or outside your apartment door.

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