Your Christmas trash could make you a target for thieves

Reported by: Ashley Cullins
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Updated: 12/26/2012 6:59 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Leftover boxes from Christmas can be a hassle - especially big ones for things like televisions, computers and video game systems. 

While you're tempted to throw them out ASAP, leaving those boxes outside your house lets potential thieves know there are new, expensive things inside waiting to be stolen. 

Instead of ditching them at the curb, why not drop them off at a recycling center.  It's good for the environment - and your home’s safety.  There are several locations in the area that take cardboard. 

It's not just your gifts at risk - your identity could be too - thanks to those shopping receipts. If you belong to a store's discount club and it lists your member number on the receipt don't just throw it in the trash can. Shred it first. Especially if you paid with a debit or credit card, and the last four digits of your account number are on the receipt too.   

If you ordered gifts online this year - make sure to shred the shipping receipt because it probably lists your name and address. 

Just a few simple things now can save you a big headache later.  

If you have appliances you'd like to get rid of, without throwing them away with your trash, there's a community dump days event coming up the first weekend in January.
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