Police Warn Residents about the Recycling Of Holiday Boxes
DEPARTMENT OF POLICE
MEDIA SERVICES DIVISION
2350 RESEARCH BOULEVARD ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND 20850-3294 240-773-5030
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
December 26, 2007
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Media Services Division, 240-773-5030
Montgomery County Police would like to warn residents about the recycling of holiday boxes and the message that it might portray to potential burglars.
In this holiday season, gift giving is an important part of many celebrations across the county. With the emphasis by Montgomery County and other governments to recycle household paper and cardboard, many people are responding by filling large boxes that once contained their gifts with their paper recycling. In the process, Montgomery County Police are concerned that they may be overlooking the message or statement that it is making about what type of gifts they received and what new items are inside the residence. Leaving boxes outside that once contained flat screen televisions, stereo and home video systems, DVD players and recorders, computer systems, and computer video game units tell burglars what they could find inside the residence.
As a part of good home crime prevention, as you install these electronic items, take the time to make a record of the brand, model, and serial numbers of the equipment and put this information in a safe and secure place. As you empty the boxes, either break them down and stack them so the writing is not visible or take the boxes apart and remake the box inside out so all the writing is on the inside of the box. Put your reconstructed boxes or stacked piles of cardboard out the morning of your recycling day or consider taking them to a recycling center.