Christmas may be over, but the clean-up is just getting started.
"Gifts you got for Christmas, we want to make sure that you don't want to advertise that you got a brand new flat screen TV," says Lieutenant Aaron Kirk of the Valdosta Police Department.
Big Screen TVs, video game consols, or whatever you may have received as a gift this year, make sure the world doesn't see those boxes in your trash.
"Don't leave it sitting outside where just anybody walking outside can see it, because that's just inviting someone that is potentially going to break into a house, that's juts inviting them to come in so you want to keep that stuff hidden," Lt. Kirk continues.
Make sure to put your boxes in bags and out of sight. But safety goes beyond your trash. Lt. Kirk says it's very important to keep your doors locked and your lights on.
"Watch out for your neighbors because, like I said, it's still the holiday season, so there are still potential for someone to commit thefts."
And the police department is asking that you report anything you see that may look unusual.
"If somebody is looking for a house to break into and their going through the neighborhoods, they are looking for things like that. So if you see something suspicious in your neighborhood, don't hesitate to call and an officer will come and check it out," Lt. Kirk says.
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