Orange County deputies get crime results with 'Operation Burglar Box'

Sheriff's Office provides safe spot for residents to dump holiday trash

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is kicking off an initiative in hopes of reducing crime this holiday season.

Between Black Friday deals, Small Business Saturday sales and discounts on Cyber Monday, shoppers are bound to make a few purchases, but deputies said they aren’t the only ones on the hunt this time of year. Burglars are also keeping their eyes peeled.

The Sheriff's Office said it sees a spike in residential burglaries around the holidays, which is why it has launched “Operation Burglar Box.”

Operation Burglar Box

Operation Burglar Box is back by popular demand! The Winn Dixie location off Apopka Vineland Road is ready! During the holiday season, many people find themselves giving or receiving gifts, including big-ticket items like flat-screen TVs, gaming consoles, tablets or laptops. These gifts often come in large cardboard boxes and when left curbside for trash pickup, it can signal to a criminal what's inside your house. We want you to use these Burglar Boxes as an alternative to leaving your cardboard boxes curbside. Don't be a target for crime! Cardboard boxes can be taken to the following locations for drop off right now: • Sector 1 Substation - 1111 N Rock Springs Road, Apopka • Sector 2 Substation -11000 Lake Underhill Road Orlando • St. Luke's Methodist Church - 4851 South Apopka Vineland Road Orlando • Hunter’s Creek Target at 2155 Town Center Boulevard Orlando, FL •Winn-Dixie - 11957 S. Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando. Please don't be a target for criminals! #OperationBurglarBox

Posted by Orange County Sheriff's Office, Florida on Saturday, November 25, 2017

In this video posted on the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, deputies warned residents that criminals can pick their targets by looking through their trash.

“See how they're leaving all of their boxes. You can see there's electronics in that one,” Deputy First Class Yehuda Green said. “That could be a target for criminals when they're out this time of the year driving around."

Deputies said residents’ trash has the potential to show criminals what could be inside their homes. 

"This time of the year you'll see all sorts of things. You'll see things from the brand new TVs to any sort of Apple product,” Green said. “We want to make sure the people of Orange County aren't going to leave those boxes outside because that's pretty much a calling card for them to say, 'Hey, come break into my house. Steal my things.'"

The Sheriff’s Office is providing the community free dumpsters across Orange County, which will serve as safe sites where residents can dump their holiday gift trash.

The burglary boxes are located at:

  • Sector 1 Substation: 1111 North Rock Springs Rd. in Apopka
  • Sector 2 Substation:11000 Lake Underhill Rd. in Orlando
  • St. Luke's Methodist Church: 4851 South Apopka Vineland Rd. in Orlando
  • Hunter’s Creek Target: 2155 Town Center Blvd. in Orlando

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