After unwrapping the computer, video game console, flat screen TV or other big gift, don't let the box sit out by the curb, that could invite a burglar to see what else is inside.
"It's like window shopping for a thief," Clearwater Police Deputy Chief Sandra Wilson said in a release. "When he or she sees a bunch of boxes at the curb, all they have to do is decide which home has the items they would like. So what you thought was a simple act of taking out the trash actually increases your risk of becoming a burglary victim."
The Clearwater Police Department is partnering with the city's Solid Waste Department for a second year of Operation Safe Disposal.
Each of the following drop-off locations will have a recycle bin for safe disposal of boxes and packaging from Dec. 24 - Jan. 2:
- Clearwater Police Headquarters, 645 Pierce Street
- Countryside Fire Station 50, 2681 Countryside Blvd.
- Clearwater Beach Recreation Center (by the recycling drop off center), 69 Bay Esplanade Blvd.
- Clearwater Solid Waste/General Services, 1701 N. Hercules Ave.
- Morningside Pool, 2400 Harn Blvd.
- Clearwater Fire Station 49, 565 Sky Harbor Drive
- Ross Norton Recreation Center, 1426 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.
- North MLK Police substation, 1310 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.
Keep a record of valuable gifts by documenting make, model, serial numbers and a detailed description here.