Discreetly disposing of empty Christmas gift boxes could reduce the risk of drawing the attention of post holiday thieves.
The Effingham County Sheriff's Office is reminding people that this time of year, thieves aren't just scoping your house; they're also looking in your trash.
"Empty boxes are a billboard to thieves advertising what is inside your home," said Sheriff's spokesman David Ehsanipoor. "The best way to get rid of holiday boxes is to drop them off at a recycling center."
"If recycling is not an option, conceal your boxes as best you can," Ehsanipoor added. "Break them down and rip them up before putting them in the trash."
If you see any suspicious activity, please contact your local law enforcement agency.