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Police: Don't set yourself up to get robbed after Christmas

Posted at 4:48 PM, Dec 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-26 13:38:46-05

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WTXL) - Thieves are not stupid, they know that most homes have some new appliances, some new TV's or some sort of thing.

It's the day after Christmas and people are excited to set up the latest gizmos and gadgets. In doing so, people are rarely focused on what they should do with the packaging.

The Valdosta Police Department says throwing out your box could be a red flag for burglars.

So what can you do?

Start by breaking your boxes down as small as you can. After that, place them in a trash bag, or directly in the trash barrel. If all else fails, take them directly to the landfill.

VPD also warns people not to post gifts on social media no matter how great the gift. Lieutenant Adam Bembry reassures that thieves have social media accounts too.

"Criminals look online just like everybody else, they are going to look and see who these people are, and they maybe able to identify them by the neighborhood or even a friend, they are going to figure out where you live and come steal your stuff," said Lt. Bembry.

VPD reminds everyone that New Years Eve is just around the corner. For folks planning on hosting a party, make sure you know who is in your house, it could be an opportunity for a thief to sneak in and take something.