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INDIANAPOLIS -

A warning for homeowners: the trash you leave at the curb could be an open invitation for thieves.

Police warn that your Christmas trash could be an invitation for the Grinch to steal from you after Christmas.

The box for a 32" Vizio television belongs to George, who won't have his trash collected until next Wednesday because of this week's snow storm.

"I guess I will go out to the street and bring it back to the house," he said.

We found boxes for big ticket items in the trash, like a new Eureka vacuum, top of the line footwear and a box for Klipsch home theater speakers.

You don't want burglars cleaning you out like they did to George twice before.

"We were only gone for two hours and they cleaned us out. Two TVs, the VCR, the Blue Ray player," he said.

Marsha is part of neighborhood crime watch and takes extra steps for trash this time of year

"We tear up all our important stuff so what is in our trash is our boxes and wrapping paper," she explained.

If you have to put your electronic boxes among the trash, to make sure no one can see what you got for Christmas. Clear trash bags can send would-be-burglars an invite, especially if you can see discarded wrapping paper.

Although trash pick up is on delay, police say not to let your guard down.

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