For Hometown News
While this might be a wonderful time of the year for most residents, nothing can ruin the holiday spirit faster than becoming the victim of a crime. Unfortunately the holidays are also the time of the year where opportunistic burglars and thieves search for easy targets.
Criminals will identify potential targets by the empty boxes left curbside for the garbage man. Packaging from new computers, cameras, DVD players, televisions or stereos are attractive, curbside advertisements for crooks. The Daytona Beach Police Department and WastePro are teaming up to place 14 recycle dumpsters around the city for residents to discard and recycle boxes.
"Criminals canvas neighborhoods to find out which homes have new and expensive gifts inside. Don't provide clues by discarding packaging in plain view. By recycling boxes at the city's temporary recycling drop-off sites, homeowners can lower the risk of criminal activity. Not only is this new program environmentally friendly, but it also supports crime prevention," said Daytona Beach Police Chief Mike Chitwood.
Beginning on Tuesday, Dec. 24, through Saturday, Dec. 28, there will be toters at the following locations:
Fire Station No.3, 945 N. Halifax Avenue
Lennox Park, 819 S. Grandview Ave.
Peabody Auditorium, 600 Peabody Ave. (in parking lot in rear)
Schnebly Recreational Center, 1101 N. Atlantic Ave.
Bethune Point Park, 101 Bellevue Avenue (east of ball fields in parking lot)
Derbyshire Park & Sports Complex, 859 Derbyshire Park
Dickerson Community Center, 308 S. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Fire Station No. 1, 301 S. Beach St.
Fire Station No. 6, 2020 Beville Road
Fire Station No. 7, 2545 LPGA Boulevard
Halifax Harbor Marina on Beach Street
Former Police Station, 990 Orange Ave.
Public Works facility, 950 Bellevue Ave.
Sunnyland Park, 825 Washington Ave.
Residents are asked to remove packing materials and flatten and bundle all boxes.