Local police stations are busy warning residents this time of year not to broadcast their holiday hauls by leaving boxes out by the curb, plastered with shipping labels or branding that say exactly what they used to contain, or are so big a person might reasonably guess that a big ticket item was once nestled there.
Cutting up boxes, folding them inside out so their labels and advertising don’t show, or making sure they’re concealed inside a recycling bin are all good ways to keep your Christmas quiet. It’s a long-term effort to keep your house safe, as well.
“They drive up and down the alley after Christmas looking, and they take note of addresses,” one officer told CBS Minnesota. “Whether they’re going to come back in a day, come back in a week, or come back in three months, they know exactly what’s in the house now.”