Don't tip off burglars that your home is full of new Christmas goodies
Clearwater opens dropoff sites for your big boxes
3:21 PM, Dec 24, 2012
6:23 AM, Dec 25, 2012
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Clearwater police have set up a unique program to help keep burglars away from your home during the Christmas holidays. It's called Operation Safe Disposal.
The city is opening eight drop-off locations where people can bring boxes from unwrapped gifts like a flat screen TV, computer or other major purchase.
"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.
Here's a list of the drop off locations that will be open between December 24 and January 2:
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.