BATON ROUGE - Christmas trash is treasure for some clever crooks.
The season of giving has come to an end, and along with gifts, piles of trash are what is left to show for it.
"You don't want to give them any opportunity to go for themselves and go through your belongings," said Baton Rouge Police Cpl. Don Coppola.
The department believes empty boxes piled outside for trash pick up make people an easy mark for thieves looking for a quick buck.
"I was just throwing it out and I didn't think of anyone seeing it," Baton Rouge resident Jeremiah Wilson said.
He threw out a Yamaha box that use to hold a more than $500 P105 digital piano he got for Christmas.
"Completely something I just didn't think of. I guess I feel safe," Wilson said.
"Unfortunately there are people who take advantage of these situations," Coppola said. "What we suggest is break the boxes down and put them in a black plastic bag and put them in your container or take the material to a recycling center and dispose of it there."
Police do not advise throwing trash into a private or business bin belonging to someone else because it's against the law.