OMAHA (KPTM)- One man's trash is another man's treasure. That's certainly the case for burglars who may be eager to go through your trash to see what gifts are now in your home. The Omaha Police Department is taking steps to keep criminals empty handed.
"People are leaving hints to burglars about what's inside they're homes," said Captain Shayna Ray of the Omaha Police Department.
To keep burglars out, OPD started ‘Operation Break It Down.' Anyone looking to get rid of cardboard boxes from holiday gifts can dump it at any drop off site for free.
"We want to get those boxes of large ticket items and the presents that people received, get those broken down and put into dumpsters away from their homes," said Ray.
Police said thieves are looking for are boxes from items like televisions, computers, gaming consoles and stereos. Ray said people should be mindful of their trash as an advertisement to burglars any time of year.
"You may not think about the risk of putting something like that out there on the street, but other people who may not have the best intent are looking at that trash," she said.
Operation Break It Down will continue through Friday evening. Police ask that you only dump cardboard because all contents will be recycled.
'Keep Omaha Beautiful' has sites set up some sites at: Firstar Fiber on 103rd and I street, open daily from seven to seven. River City Recycling is also a site on South 60th street, open Monday through Friday 8am to 4:30 pm. You can also find a dumpster at 75th and Corby in the parking, open from 7pm-7pm.
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