Don't Tip Your Hand to the Thieves

Pay attention to your holiday trash. The thieves do. Parking an empty box on your curb helps them with their window shopping.

If some big-ticket electronics wind up under the tree, there’s no sense in letting the bad guys know that. Operation Break it Down can help. It offers some off-site options for unloading the telltale cardboard.

Liz Moldenhauer, a member of the Benson Neighborhood Association and the Benson Citizen Patrol, keeps a sharp eye on her neighborhood. On Citizen Patrol, she helps look out for any threats to the area.

Liz said, "By having the Citizen Patrol out, it shows neighbors that there are other neighbors who are involved and who are interested in keeping the neighborhood safe.”

She’s also helping Omaha Police watch out for burglaries.

Police say that when you're done unwrapping all of those holiday gifts, it's probably not a great idea to leave those big boxes for electronics out in your trash. It lets the thieves know what’s in your house.

Liz said, "They're basically working together with neighbors to basically say, 'hey, we want to keep you safe. We want to keep your family and your property safe. So if we work together, you utilize these drop-off sites that we have set up for you."

With Operation Break it Down, you can take that TV box and anonymously drop it off. Here are the locations:

Operation Break It Down

  • Omahans can take the cardboard boxes from their electronics products to The Christian Academy, 10233 Wiesman Drive (adjacent to the Northwest precinct) on Thursday, December 26th. The event runs from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and the same hours again on Friday. Only broken-down boxes will be accepted.

You can also take your cardboard boxes to the following sites that have been set up by Keep Omaha Beautiful:
  • South 26th Avenue and Douglas Street 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM
  • Parking Lot at 75th and Corby Streets Open Daily: 7AM - 7PM
  • River City Recycling, (6404 S 60th St.) Open M-F 8 AM - 4:30PM, SAT: 8 AM - Noon (Winter). This site accept recyclables free and is a dump location for bulky items (there is a fee for all materials except recyclables).
  • Firstar Fiber, (10330 I St) Open Daily: 7AM - 7PM.


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