How to dispose of Christmas boxes safely

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- All the trash and cardboard boxes from Christmas may be piling up, but don't leave it at the curb.

Law enforcement across the state are reminding residents that empty boxes from electronic and toys can be a welcome mat for thieves if left outside.

"We have a lot of boxes from Christmas," said Angela Edwards while dropping off a stack of cardboard at a recycling center. "We got wagons, dolls and we're just trying to get rid of it before it even piles up at home."

Police say boxes left outside from new electronics are a big red flag and suggest taking them to recycling dumpsters. Both Winston-Salem and Greensboro have several recycling centers, mostly at fire substations.