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Prevent gift boxes on curbs bringing thieves in the night

Prevent gift boxes on curbs bringing thieves in the night
Posted at 5:17 AM, Dec 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-20 06:28:33-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The City of Tallahassee is working to prevent gift boxes on curbs serving as invitations for thieves.

Tallahassee is setting up special cardboard-only receptacles in three community locations to reduce residential burglaries and to recycle more cardboard.

Boxes serve as billboards for criminals driving through your neighborhood, according to a City of Tallahassee news release. The boxes let thieves easily see who received the newest televisions, video games or other electronics over the holiday.

The recycling receptacles will be available from Tuesday, Dec. 26, through Friday, Dec. 29. They will be at the James Messer Sports Complex (2830 Jackson Bluff Road), Tom Brown Park (443 Easterwood Drive) and San Luis Mission Park (131 San Luis Road).

"Simple actions, like this holiday recycling program or locking your doors, can reduce the likelihood that you will become a victim of crime," TPD Chief Michael DeLeo said. "With many people travelling during the holidays, we encourage everyone to be a good neighbor, be aware of your surroundings and report suspicious activity."

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