12 On Your Side: Your Christmas leftovers could attract some thieves


News 12 at 6 o'clock / Dec. 24, 2013

AUGUSTA, GA (WRDW)

"It's a time of family, a time of unity and just being together and sharing love," said Anna Wannamaker. Her husband Robert agrees. "Time for family, sharing, spending money."

For the Wannamaker family, it is also about making their children happy this holiday. They spent Christmas Eve shopping at Target. "It's been great, I just walked in and decided to purchase just these two televisions," said Anna Wannamaker.

Big box electronics items like flat screen televisions and stereo systems are in high demand and not just by shoppers. "People could see what you had for Christmas and if you made a big purchase they know what you got inside," said Robert Wannamaker.

Richmond County Lieutenant Lewis Blanchard said be careful where and how you throw away those boxes because some Grinch may be looking to steal your Christmas by watching what you put on the curb.

"People see that you've got the new 60 inch screen TV or you got something really good that they want and you've gone to visit with your family that certainly sets you up to be a victim," said Blanchard.

He suggests taking special steps to protect your investment and your home from burglars looking to steal your booty. "If you have purchased them, make sure you break down the box and put it in a trash bag and put it in the trash if possible," said Blanchard.

He says you may even want to wait a while before you do set those bags on the curb for trash pickup. "It does not all have to be thrown away or left at the curb on Christmas Day

"I'm retired military and just in case we move, we always save our boxes because that way you can put something like a TV, expensive back in its original box," said Robert Wannamaker. Detectives say if you see anyone who looks suspicious in your neighborhood report it to law enforcement.

Experts say engrave your expensive items with your drivers license. If your property is ever stolen and police recover it they will be able to contact you.


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