EUGENE, Ore. - Before Christmas it was the packages being delivered to homes that would provoke theft, but after the holiday it's the boxes the gifts arrived in that cause concern.
Police said after Christmas leaving boxes from big ticket items out near the garbage can really attract theives. The box for your new TV or laptop sitting on the curb can essentially tell a criminal what they'll find if they break into your home.
"People who steal from other people are looking for those opportunities to steal from them, and everbody knows during the holidays there's a lot more merchandise flowing around," said Sgt. Jeff Martin with the Springfield Police Department.
Sgt. Martin said to dispose of those boxes in a location other than your house, if possible, like a nearby recycling center. If nothing else, break down the boxes and hide them within your garbage.
He also said to avoid car theft to keep belongings secure in your home. He said you may think your car is a secure place, but all a theif would have to do to obtain what's in your car is break a window.
Lastly he said if you do experience theft, don't try to take matters into your own hands.
"We also don't want anybody to chase down people that they may see having stolen their stuff. We don't want to put somebody at risk of harming themselves in the attempt to regain their property," said Sgt. Martin.
Sgt. Martin said to simply get a good description of the theif as well as a possible car they may be driving and license plate. You should also identify which direction they left in.