Local Authorities Advising People to Conceal Christmas Gift Trash
WESLACO – Local authorities are warning people to be careful when tossing out empty boxes after they’ve opened their Christmas gifts.
The day after Christmas can play as a show and tell in some neighborhoods. Empty television and gaming systems boxes are sometimes peeking out from dumpsters.
Angela Pompa, a kindergarten teacher, said she’s been robbed before and it’s a horrible feeling.
“They broke into our car in our yard,” she said.
Weslaco police said it’s the best practice to keep empty boxes out of view.
“Put (them) in the garbage can if you can. Bag it into some garbage bags so that it’s not visible,” Weslaco Police Sgt. Bernie Garza said.
Authorities said thieves will drive up and down neighborhoods trying to see if they can spot anything like television boxes.
“Just be conscious, like being self-conscious. There’s always somebody watching to see what they can get,” Pompa said.
Garza said trash isn’t the only place Christmas thieves will troll for gifts.
“Don’t be posting too much information on social media, whether it’s Facebook, on Twitter, Snapchat or whatever. Once it’s out there, it’s out there,” he said.
Garza said they see the same things every year and give the same advice every year.
“Just think about what you’re doing or not doing,” he said.
He emphasized it’s never a good time of year to post information about one’s valuables online. He added if someone wants to share vacation photos, they should wait until they get home.