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Operation Safe Disposal: Don't Advertise Major Purchases to Criminals

12/21/2012 1:40:31 PM

Contact: Beth Watts

OPERATION SAFE DISPOSAL: DON'T ADVERTISE MAJOR PURCHASES TO CRIMINALS

Clearwater, Fla. - Once you've unwrapped the computer, video game console, flat screen TV or other major purchase, don't sit the box out by the curb. Putting the box on display is one of the best ways you can let a burglar know what is available inside your home.

"It's like window shopping for a thief. 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," said Clearwater Deputy Chief Sandra Wilson.

The Clearwater Police Department is partnering with the City of Clearwater Solid Waste for the second year of Operation Safe Disposal. Each of the eight following drop-off locations will have a recycle bin for safe disposal of boxes and/or packaging:

* Clearwater Police Headquarters

645 Pierce Street

* Countryside Fire Station 50

2681 Countryside Boulevard

* Clearwater Beach Recreation Center

(Out front at the recycling drop off center)

69 Bay Esplanade Boulevard

* Clearwater Solid Waste/General Services

1701 N. Hercules Avenue

* Morningside Pool

2400 Harn Boulevard

* Clearwater Fire Station 49

565 Sky Harbor Drive

* Ross Norton Recreation Center

1426 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.

* North MLK Police Sub-station

1310 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.

Drop off locations will be available December 24 - January 2.

Also remember to keep a record of valuable gifts by documenting make, model, serial numbers and a detailed description. You can download a form at http://www.clearwaterpolice.com/news/pdf/Photos/Operation%20Identification.pdf