When you think of home security, your garbage probably doesn’t come to mind. For burglars, it does. Boxes from new, expensive items can signal to criminals that there are big-ticket items inside. On a more dangerous level, paperwork or mail with sensitive information can provide criminals with the personal knowledge they need to steal your identity. Because there are at least 2,000,000 home burglaries per year in the United States, and identity theft is the fastest-growing crime in this country, you should take extra care to secure your garbage.
Here are two smart moves that will help keep your trash safe:Don’t leave boxes from expensive items in your personal trash. Instead, drop these boxes off at a recycling center. Shred anything with your personal information on it before throwing it away – even junk mail.
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for more tips on keeping your home, belongings and loved ones as safe as possible. Remember that a safety mindset is particularly important around the holidays, when criminals target homes and vehicles at a higher rate.