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Tips to prevent gifts from inviting burglars

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WARREN, Ohio - Before you take your wrapping paper and holiday trash to the curb, you may want to take extra steps so your home doesn't become a target for thieves.

Warren police encourage people to tear up big boxes and place them inside large plastic bags to conceal any giveaways to what new items could be inside their homes.

"Don't display what you have in your home, because that's naturally an invitation for somebody to come in and take them," Lt. Jeff Cole says.

To keep personal property safe, police say you need to start by locking your doors. 

"We have a lot of break-ins where they're forced entry," Cole says. "Don't make it easy by not securing your doors."

Cole suggests leaving lights on, even while owners are away, and investing in lighting timers.

Additional Tips:
  • Avoid putting all trash and recycling out at once. 
  • Drop off boxes and recycling bags off at local recycling centers.

 

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