Omaha Police Department Captain Shayna Ray says those up to no good have no problem driving around to see who has large TV or other electronics boxes sitting by the curb for trash pick up.
Ray says that is like advertising what you received for the holidays and inviting thieves to target your home.
Ray says the Omaha Police Department is taking a proactive approach and providing a place where residents can drop off large cardboard boxes. Another option is to take the time and break down the box and conceal it in a garbage bag or trash bin.
Last minute shoppers also need to use extra care to make sure they lock their car, according to Ray. Thieves have no problem walking through busy parking lots looking for cars with shopping bags inside. If you have to make more than one trip from the store to the car, make sure to close the trunk in between trips.