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Police: Homes full of gifts can sometimes be easy targets

(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Police say homes full of gifts can be easy targets for thieves.

The holidays set the perfect stage for robbery, as homes are filled with lots of new and often expensive items, and many people tend to let their guard down, distracted by all sorts of Christmas activities.

And sometimes, criminals don't even need to break into your home to get what they want.

If you leave packaging scraps in your trash along the curb, those things can include your name, address, and sometimes your phone number.

Identity thieves can immediately find out who you are.

Police encourage you to cut up packages and labels before throwing them out.

"If you get a new TV, having a box outside, break the boxes down," advises Sgt. Kyle Griffith, with South Haven Police. "The less you advertise what's inside, the better."