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(WESH Orlando)   Apparently, people in one state don't realize that leaving giant cardboard boxes from their new TVs and Playstations was a signal for thieves to break into their homes   (wesh.com) divider line 99
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2013-11-30 05:03:58 PM
Depends on where they left them.
 
2013-11-30 05:25:05 PM
Yeah, because when I'm casing a neighborhood for homes to break into I always look for the 55" TV boxes. After all, walking out of a house with something like that would never attract any attention.
 
2013-11-30 06:13:46 PM
I wonder how they knew?
 
2013-11-30 06:22:56 PM

Dinki: Yeah, because when I'm casing a neighborhood for homes to break into I always look for the 55" TV boxes. After all, walking out of a house with something like that would never attract any attention.


Is this bait?  You're not that dumb silly are you?
 
2013-11-30 06:26:03 PM
Idiots, you should always keep the box for a while in case you need to return something.

// I generally keep my boxes until the warranty runs out.

// Sometimes longer, I have lots of space in my closets so why the hell not.

// Plus it's easier to sell an item at a decent price if you still have the original packaging. It lets people know that you're not the type of person who beats the shiat out of their devices.
 
2013-11-30 06:27:03 PM
When I was a big a/v hardware geek and hoarder, I kept the boxes anyways. When it came time to move, I turned them inside out and glued them back together. Of course now it's just a PC driving an amp and two speakers. (Kept those boxes too!)

When I do toss boxes, due to my OCD, I cut them up and toss them in pieces so that
1) I can't use them anymore so I can throw them out
2) I don't send signals "here be expensive crap"
 
2013-11-30 06:29:28 PM

lordargent: Idiots, you should always keep the box for a while in case you need to return something.


// I generally keep my boxes until the warranty runs out.

I'm a box-keeper also, but not as long. But when I do get rid of the box, I'll run it out right when the truck shows up, so it's not sitting out...advertising.
 
2013-11-30 06:29:42 PM
I tend to keep the larger boxes because I move around a fair bit. Makes it easier to protect things like TVs, printers, etc if I can just put 'em back in the original packaging and load the box on the truck.
 
2013-11-30 06:29:43 PM
That's what other people's dumpsters are for.
 
2013-11-30 06:30:45 PM
I collect the larger cardboard boxes to mount targets on at the range. When they get floppy from being perforated too many times I put them down at the curb. I like to think the allure of the 60" pictured is offset by the still attached target with the 10 ring punched out.
 
2013-11-30 06:30:49 PM
I leave those boxes in front of the annoying neighbor's house.
 
2013-11-30 06:32:39 PM
Also leave out a box from a Mossburg shotgun along with the TV box.  Think of it as an intelligence test ;)
 
2013-11-30 06:37:02 PM
I cut the box so I can slide down the big grass hill like I was 10 years old again.
 
2013-11-30 06:38:58 PM

SpinStopper: Also leave out a box from a Mossburg shotgun along with the TV box.  Think of it as an intelligence test ;)


So thieves can know they can steal a firearm while you're away?
 
2013-11-30 06:41:27 PM

Cpl.D: I leave those boxes in front of the annoying neighbor's house.


Came here to say... My dad taught me this.
 
2013-11-30 06:42:49 PM
The box from my PS4 would fit in the kitchen trash can with a little encouragement. It's just not a very big item.
 
2013-11-30 06:43:15 PM

SpinStopper: Also leave out a box from a Mossburg shotgun along with the TV box.  Think of it as an intelligence test ;)


I'm sorry but I have to... So now the typical braniac American thief knows where he can get a   along with the electronics. Score!    Seriously  though, how many thieves knowing there were firearms in a house they are casing would think the guns may be used against them rather than seeing them as more swag? I truly have low expectations of the intelligence level of people that break into private residences and think profit is worth risk in a country with so damn many guns. Seriously.
 
2013-11-30 06:44:32 PM

lordargent: Idiots, you should always keep the box for a while in case you need to return something.

// I generally keep my boxes until the warranty runs out.

// Sometimes longer, I have lots of space in my closets so why the hell not.

// Plus it's easier to sell an item at a decent price if you still have the original packaging. It lets people know that you're not the type of person who beats the shiat out of their devices.


Exactly ^
 
2013-11-30 06:45:28 PM
So now all the criminal has to do is watch the recycling center and note the plate numbers of the people with the PS4's and 55 inch TV's. One stop shopping!!
 
2013-11-30 06:45:51 PM

Huntceet: I collect the larger cardboard boxes to mount targets on at the range. When they get floppy from being perforated too many times I put them down at the curb. I like to think the allure of the 60" pictured is offset by the still attached target with the 10 ring punched out.


Heh.
 
2013-11-30 06:49:14 PM

OHDUDENESS: So now all the criminal has to do is watch the recycling center and note the plate numbers of the people with the PS4's and 55 inch TV's. One stop shopping!!


WTF am I reading?
 
2013-11-30 06:49:19 PM
Poor people like to leave the boxes in front of their home to broadcast to their equally poor neighbors that they are not actually poor, cuz they got a big ass teevee. 

more at 11
 
2013-11-30 06:52:30 PM

Huntceet: I collect the larger cardboard boxes to mount targets on at the range. When they get floppy from being perforated too many times I put them down at the curb. I like to think the allure of the 60" pictured is offset by the still attached target with the 10 ring punched out.


In 'stand your ground' Florida, those boxes are probably used as bait to lure targets into attempting to burglarize the house.
 
2013-11-30 06:52:52 PM
Who throws out their electronics boxen the next day?  I hang onto them at least until the return period is over.
 
2013-11-30 06:53:36 PM

Tony_Pepperoni: lordargent: Idiots, you should always keep the box for a while in case you need to return something.

// I generally keep my boxes until the warranty runs out.

// Sometimes longer, I have lots of space in my closets so why the hell not.

// Plus it's easier to sell an item at a decent price if you still have the original packaging. It lets people know that you're not the type of person who beats the shiat out of their devices.

Exactly ^


Thirded.

None of my friends ever keep their boxes and it's a major PITA to help them move when they have a new 84" plasma screen TV and no damn box to put it in. And they always say the same thing - "let's just put it in the front of the truck!" Great plan, except somebody needs to drive and they can't do it with your 12 foot television on their lap.
 
2013-11-30 06:53:39 PM

lordargent: Idiots, you should always keep the box for a while in case you need to return something.


Especially if it's a first gen game console, which has a 50/50 chance of working at best.
 
2013-11-30 06:56:16 PM
FTA:

These locations will get a container today:
 ...
7825 S. Orange Blossom Trail, K-Mart


That's one way to get people to go to K-Mart
 
2013-11-30 06:59:41 PM
They're selling giant PS4s in Florida!?
 
2013-11-30 06:59:42 PM

Jument: OHDUDENESS: So now all the criminal has to do is watch the recycling center and note the plate numbers of the people with the PS4's and 55 inch TV's. One stop shopping!!

WTF am I reading?


What are you confused about? Why waste gas and time driving around the neighborhoods looking for the boxes of the big ticket items you are looking to steal when you can wait at one of the dumpsters they have set up and watch the boxes that people drop off. Write down the tag number of their vehicle and for a few dollars at the DMV you can get their address.
 
2013-11-30 07:01:51 PM
Deputies: Don't leave big boxes at curb
Boxes are calling cards for criminals. deputies say


Someone is not clear on the concept of a calling card.
 
2013-11-30 07:01:54 PM

OHDUDENESS: Jument: OHDUDENESS: So now all the criminal has to do is watch the recycling center and note the plate numbers of the people with the PS4's and 55 inch TV's. One stop shopping!!

WTF am I reading?

What are you confused about? Why waste gas and time driving around the neighborhoods looking for the boxes of the big ticket items you are looking to steal when you can wait at one of the dumpsters they have set up and watch the boxes that people drop off. Write down the tag number of their vehicle and for a few dollars at the DMV you can get their address.


Who takes boxes into a recycling center? Fold/cut them up and put them into your recycling bin. Nobody will see them without digging through your recycling box, which is possible I suppose.

IANAE but I don't think you can actually get someone's address at a DMV. Feel free to citate that.
 
2013-11-30 07:01:54 PM

OHDUDENESS: Jument: OHDUDENESS: So now all the criminal has to do is watch the recycling center and note the plate numbers of the people with the PS4's and 55 inch TV's. One stop shopping!!

WTF am I reading?

What are you confused about? Why waste gas and time driving around the neighborhoods looking for the boxes of the big ticket items you are looking to steal when you can wait at one of the dumpsters they have set up and watch the boxes that people drop off. Write down the tag number of their vehicle and for a few dollars at the DMV you can get their address.



My house was broken into once.

The man had a large flathead screwdriver, no shirt, and could barely walk straight.

You are assigning orders of magnitude more intelligence to someone who would break into a home and steal a television.
 
2013-11-30 07:07:52 PM

Dinki: Yeah, because when I'm casing a neighborhood for homes to break into I always look for the 55" TV boxes. After all, walking out of a house with something like that would never attract any attention.


Anything to make your house a less attractive target than your neighbors..  As far as walking out with a TV set, just act like you belong there and get out quickly   If anyone even notices, they probably won't call the cops.

/victim of one burglary and another attempted burglary (yay, burglar alarms!)
//I'm 90% sure of who did it both times (different apartments, different people),. but being 90% sure of who did it is far from proof.
///No, the cops aren't going to dust for fingerprints (It's not the "crime of the century" even if they did steal your Supertramp CD)..  They'll take a report, that is all they'll do.  Have fun with your insurance company.
 
2013-11-30 07:10:11 PM
I almost forgot... Don't leave packages out for usps scheduled pickup an hour before they come.


/F*ck Thieves.
 
2013-11-30 07:10:14 PM

ZzeusS: My house was broken into once.

The man had a large flathead screwdriver, no shirt, and could barely walk straight.

You are assigning orders of magnitude more intelligence to someone who would break into a home and steal a television.


Lived in a busy apartment complex.  Neighbor got robbed, someone kicked in a door and took a big screen and several small electronics and pieces of jewelery.

OHDUMBNESS; doesn't take that long to get a tv into your fan and people aren't as suspicious of that type of behavior as you might expect.
 
2013-11-30 07:10:54 PM
I've often wondered why companies don't have expensive electronics items in "fake" boxes that look like they were for Chinese stars or live snakes or biohazard equipment or something. Especially in areas with a large urban population.
 
2013-11-30 07:12:55 PM
Jument:
Who takes boxes into a recycling center? Fold/cut them up and put them into your recycling bin. Nobody will see them without digging through your recycling box, which is possible I suppose.

IANAE but I don't think you can actually get someone's address at a DMV. Feel free to citate that.


Dude, did you even glance at the article? First sentence: "ORLANDO, Fla. -Instead of putting big, empty boxes at your curb, the Orange County Sheriff's Office wants you to drop them at large recycling containers around the county."
 
2013-11-30 07:14:48 PM

OHDUDENESS: Jument:
Who takes boxes into a recycling center? Fold/cut them up and put them into your recycling bin. Nobody will see them without digging through your recycling box, which is possible I suppose.

IANAE but I don't think you can actually get someone's address at a DMV. Feel free to citate that.

Dude, did you even glance at the article? First sentence: "ORLANDO, Fla. -Instead of putting big, empty boxes at your curb, the Orange County Sheriff's Office wants you to drop them at large recycling containers around the county."


This is Fark. I don't have to RTFA. Anyways, that's a stupid waste of gas and time but I suppose that's Florida for you.
 
2013-11-30 07:14:58 PM

Satanic_Hamster: ZzeusS: My house was broken into once.

The man had a large flathead screwdriver, no shirt, and could barely walk straight.

You are assigning orders of magnitude more intelligence to someone who would break into a home and steal a television.

Lived in a busy apartment complex.  Neighbor got robbed, someone kicked in a door and took a big screen and several small electronics and pieces of jewelery.

OHDUMBNESS; doesn't take that long to get a tv into your fan and people aren't as suspicious of that type of behavior as you might expect.


Why the insult? I didn't write what you quoted...
 
2013-11-30 07:21:50 PM
What's the big deal about big boxes. Just get a pet cougar or Bobcat to match the size.

/Cats LOVE boxes
 
2013-11-30 07:26:42 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: When I was a big a/v hardware geek and hoarder, I kept the boxes anyways. When it came time to move, I turned them inside out and glued them back together. Of course now it's just a PC driving an amp and two speakers. (Kept those boxes too!)

When I do toss boxes, due to my OCD, I cut them up and toss them in pieces so that
1) I can't use them anymore so I can throw them out
2) I don't send signals "here be expensive crap"


Don't you mean, "before I became a luddite"?

What're you using, anyway? A scroll run into a typewriter, with a giant bottle of white-out jury-rigged to blot out a single letter every time you hit "Backspace"?

How do you even jury-rig that to a modem and have it run through electro-mechanical relays, so that you can connect with the rest of the world? Is it driven by the waterwheel in your mill? Or do you post via jackass power?

Seriously though, Q_A...about NASA.
Are you sore that you didn't qualify?

/:p
//>:)
///>:(
 
2013-11-30 07:26:45 PM
Oh hell, now the all the baddies know I have a refrigerator.
 
2013-11-30 07:27:21 PM
How cute, they think that when people buy gifts, they remove said gift from the box and throw the box away. Adorable.
 
2013-11-30 07:29:22 PM

TV's Vinnie: What's the big deal about big boxes. Just get a pet cougar or Bobcat to match the size.

/Cats LOVE boxes


Now that funny. I may be able to one up you though with a cerval cat or a skunk. They love boxes too and the thiefs' reaction to his surprise may contain more hilarity and screaming than the blood, evisceration, and screaming that your scenario portends.
 
2013-11-30 07:34:14 PM
I'm going to sell my boxes to my gun nut neighbor whose life dream is for someone to break into his house.
 
2013-11-30 07:34:49 PM
I just make the PS4 box look like a WiiU box before putting it out.
 
2013-11-30 07:38:41 PM
You should put the box in front of the house of someone you hate.
 
2013-11-30 07:41:44 PM
I am in the "leave those boxes behind the house of someone you don't like" camp.
 
2013-11-30 07:43:39 PM
1) Put out boxes when you have a few days off
2) Park cars down the street so it looks like no one's home
3) Wait for bastards to show up
4) Fun!

Probably not a profit scenario, but you're doing a public service.
 
2013-11-30 07:44:49 PM
With about 30 seconds and a pair of scissors you can make that 69" tv or PS 4 box into something that fits in your trash can TA DA
 
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