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Tips for Protecting Yourself from Thieves After the Holidays

Tips for Protecting Yourself from Thieves After the Holidays

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by: TownHubAdmin Active Indicator LED Icon Site Admin  OP  New Member
~ 1 mo, 1 day ago   Dec 27, '22 10:12am  
Tips for Protecting Yourself from Thieves After the Holidays
 
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Constable says your Christmas trash can tip off thieves!!
 
"Criminals see those boxes after Christmas that had big screen TVs or computers, iPads, Playstations, and they make a mental note to possibly come back to that house at a later time," Constable Mark Herman, Harris County Precinct 4 said.
 
How can you avoid being next on the naughty guys' list? The same way you avoid identify theft from those who would troll through your discarded bills and private paperwork:
 
1. Take your Christmas cardboard directly to the dump or recycling station, making sure that your address is not on any of the packaging.
2. Break the boxes down, not just to save space but also tear them in enough pieces that it's difficult to see what was in them originally.
3. Place this refuse at the bottom of your trash barrel or recycling bin. That makes it tougher for someone to lift the lid and see what you received.
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botanylover Active Indicator LED Icon 1
~ 1 mo, 1 day ago   Dec 27, '22 10:32am  
Tips for Protecting Yourself from Thieves After the Holidays Constable says your Christmas trash can tip off thieves!! "Criminals see those boxes after Christmas that had big screen TVs or computers, iPads, Playstations, and they make a mental note to possibly come back to that house at a later time," Constable Mark Herman, Harris County Precinct 4 said. How can you avoid being next on the naughty guys' list? The same way you avoid identify theft from those who would troll through your discarded bills and private paperwork: 1. Take your Christmas cardboard directly to the dump or recycling station, making sure that your address is not on any of the packaging. 2. Break the boxes down, not just to save space but also tear them in enough pieces that it's difficult to see what was in them originally. 3. Place this refuse at the bottom of your trash barrel or recycling bin. That makes it tougher for someone to lift the lid and see what you received.
 
@TownHubAdmin : Smart advice. I always wonder about advertising what you just got to the outside world!
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Cbear Active Indicator LED Icon
~ 1 mo, 1 day ago   Dec 27, '22 12:42pm  
Excellent advice but . . . sad that we have to do that to stay one step ahead of the theives.
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otto Active Indicator LED Icon 6
~ 1 mo, 1 day ago   Dec 27, '22 2:25pm  
@Cbear , @Townhubadmin : Minimalists don't have to worry very much. Our after-Christmas trash fits into a Wal*Mart self-checkout plastic bag.
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Carol888 Active Indicator LED Icon 5
~ 1 mo, 1 day ago   Dec 27, '22 7:57pm  
Plus, if they break into your house, they come back a couple of months later because you have replaced stuff!
That happened to us in our first house in Aldine!
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Solster Active Indicator LED Icon  New Member
~ 1 mo, 1 day ago   Dec 27, '22 8:29pm  
If I happen to have purchased something in a large box , half the time I use if for storage in my tool shed or I fill it with burnables [ wood/scrap lumber/ paper/ other card board /fabric/branches ] and then burn the box in my back yard on a cold day ... like today .
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Sweetie Active Indicator LED Icon 1
~ 1 mo, 1 day ago   Dec 27, '22 8:31pm  
Plus, if they break into your house, they come back a couple of months later because you have replaced stuff! That happened to us in our first house in Aldine!
 
@Carol888 : Omg that is awful!
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Carol888 Active Indicator LED Icon 5
~ 1 mo, 1 day ago   Dec 27, '22 8:47pm  
@Sweetie : My daddy always said al die not aldine
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jjjj Active Indicator LED Icon 1
~ 1 mo, 1 day ago   Dec 27, '22 11:06pm  
Those big TV boxes are surprisingly great for moving. When I moved back south I grabbed a couple from work (office had just purchased a couple TVs to use as giant computer monitors). Perfect for framed pictures and I forget what other narrow awkwardly shaped things. Super easy to pack, load, unload, unpack.
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Cbear Active Indicator LED Icon
~ 1 mo, 0 days ago   Dec 28, '22 8:42am  
Those big TV boxes are surprisingly great for moving. When I moved back south I grabbed a couple from work (office had just purchased a couple TVs to use as giant computer monitors). Perfect for framed pictures and I forget what other narrow awkwardly shaped things. Super easy to pack, load, unload, unpack.
 
@jjjj : Great idea! Btw. . .I love your new Avatar!!
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Weathergirl5 Active Indicator LED Icon 1
~ 1 mo, 0 days ago   Dec 28, '22 11:32am  
@TownHubAdmin : All great advice that is worth repeating this time of year.
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jjjj Active Indicator LED Icon 1
~ 4 weeks ago   Dec 28, '22 11:18pm  
jjjj : Great idea! Btw. . .I love your new Avatar!!
 
@Cbear : Thanks! Teeny Santa hats are remarkably fun. Bought a pack a few years ago so a chicken could have a Santa hat; turned out they were a little small for her but they turn everything festive!
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~ 4 weeks ago   Dec 29, '22 11:36am  
Those big TV boxes are surprisingly great for moving. When I moved back south I grabbed a couple from work (office had just purchased a couple TVs to use as giant computer monitors). Perfect for framed pictures and I forget what other narrow awkwardly shaped things. Super easy to pack, load, unload, unpack.
 
@jjjj : Very true! We actually used ours to repackage our TVs when we moved here. Good thing we saved them. We didn't have the box for the largest TV so we went to a bicycle place and they gave us 2 huge boxes. We used moving blankets and some shrinkwrap for the TV and it was perfect for what we needed.
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jjjj Active Indicator LED Icon 1
~ 4 weeks ago   Dec 29, '22 10:54pm  
We used moving blankets and some shrinkwrap for the TV and it was perfect for what we needed.
 
@garfieldgurl : I only came to the moving blankets and plastic wrap thing on my last cross-country move - they made things so much easier! Bonus - cats find folded moving blankets super comfy, so they come in handy post-move too.
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