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Christmas crooks may be watching your holiday trash

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CADDO-BOSSIER PARISH, LA (KSLA) -

Police say your home may be at risk for the few weeks after the holidays if you are not careful. There are some modern day Grinchs out there. You may, inadvertently, be enticing them inside your home. There are some simple ways to prevent yourself from becoming a victim.

One person's trash is another's treasure, or treasure map. Christmas crooks could be eyeing what you put curbside. "Essentially what you are doing by leaving those boxes on the curb is just free advertising that you've gotten all these neat gifts" Sgt. Bill Goodin, with the Shreveport Police Department, says.

A quick drive down Bossier City streets shows house after house with boxes on the side of the street. KSLA News 12 spotted flat screen TV boxes, grill boxes, children's toy boxes, and boxes that held expensive tools. Thieves can drive down your street and pick your home for some criminal shopping, just by looking at the remnants of your Christmas spoils.

"We don't want you to be paranoid; we want you to be prepared. You want to make sure you break those boxes down and put them inside the container instead of just putting them on the curb" Goodin says. Take time to break down your boxes and hide them in the trash container before the garbage truck drives up so your home won't be a target for thieves.

"Typically residential burglaries occur during the daytime, they are more time specific. As a general rule, the individual that is going to commit those sorts of crimes doesn't want any contact with the homeowner, they want to get in and get out without anybody seeing them" Goodin says.

Shreveport police say this applies to receipts and bank statements. They also ask that if you see anything suspicious in your neighborhood, to just call your police department's non-emergency line. In Shreveport, that number is 318-673-BLUE.

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