LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- Beware of the holiday Grinch. The garbage you leave outside on the curb may be a clue for a burglar. Police and neighborhood watch volunteers want people to know to think of what gets throws out.
There are some items that should not be left on the driveway. Empty and discarded boxes could tell thieves what is inside a home.
Looking around one street, News 3 cameras could see a mirror was given as a gift. Then there are some Amazon and Groupon boxes -- a thieves’ imagination could be churning from here.
Boxes, trash bags may all seem like garbage -- but to a thief it could mean a goldmine, especially during the holiday season.
"You need to be very careful what you put out the trash because it's an open invitation. Hey look we have a new TV. You want to come and see it," said Cynthia Bialas who is very aware of what she puts out on the curb in her Summerlin neighborhood. She knows a thief could be lurking around the inflatable Santa.
“Unfortunately it is a concern because I think that does happen and you do have to be careful,” Bialas said.
That's why Metro police advises homeowners to fold boxes and take them to a recycling center. It's also a good idea to put all the garbage in a black bag -- so criminals cannot see inside. Its neighborly advice Paul Weatherford gives.
“Just don't advertise what you have in your house. What was inside those boxes break them down stash them," Weatherford said.