Stolen Trash

maryt621's picture

Overnight someone stole my trash can with the trash in it. Two weeks ago I had put out a large number of bags of trash and someone ripped the bags open and rifled through them. Has anyone else experienced this?

I wasn't that concerned two weeks ago because I don't (if I can help it) throw any personal or financial documents in the trash, but now I'm getting concerned about identity theft. Does this, in your opinion, warrant a police report?

dan's picture

Unfortunately, this happens

Unfortunately, this happens all the time.
We shred everything that could allow for identity theft.

To me it warrants a police report. However, if you do report it, please promise me you'll record the conversation with the dispatcher.

maryt621's picture

I feel a little silly filing

I feel a little silly filing a police report and I'm sure the dispatcher would have a field day with it. But my thinking is that things like petty crimes go unreported and that opens up doors for these criminals to do more dangerous and harmful acts because the police are concentrated in more high crime areas. No?

marm's picture

My trash cans always come up

My trash cans always come up missing. I started to lock it up and not remove it, instead I just take the bags out of it and put them to the curb. I think I have a clue who was stealing mine.

dan's picture

maryt621 wrote:my thinking

maryt621 wrote:

my thinking is that things like petty crimes go unreported and that opens up doors for these criminals to do more dangerous and harmful acts because the police are concentrated in more high crime areas. No?

I totally agree it needs to be reported.

The unfortunate humor comes from the fact that many people in the system likely won't.

rtsaidred's picture

dan wrote:Unfortunately,

dan wrote:

Unfortunately, this happens all the time.
We shred everything that could allow for identity theft.

I shred everything that has my personal information on it as well. Be sure to use a cross-cut, confetti, or diamond-cut shredder, not the strip-cut shredder, which is the cheapest kind but the worst when it comes to protecting data. I am slightly paranoid about this, but know several people who have been victims of identity theft and it is a scary thing.

biggeo's picture

you could paint your address

you could paint your address on the can, big so it can be seen easily

marm's picture

biggeo wrote:you could paint

biggeo wrote:

you could paint your address on the can, big so it can be seen easily

I have done that a million times and they still steal itt..

codergrrl's picture

I've seen many "scrappers"

I've seen many "scrappers" ripping trash bags open searching for recyclable metals, (tin cans, etc,) when its not recycle week.

stillLife's picture

Do you put the trash can out

Do you put the trash can out with the lid? I have painted my numbers on my can, but more so, I never put the lid out. I leave the lid in the backyard. I figure the thieves are more likely to pass my can up if it doesn't come with a lid... I dunno, so far so good.

maryt621's picture

I did have the lid on it.

I did have the lid on it. But, I think I saw the lid around the corner on the ground, which makes me even more concerned about the identity theft thing since had they wanted the can they would have surely wanted the lid too.

frankdatank's picture

No. A stolen trash can does

No. A stolen trash can does not warrant a police report.

maryt621's picture

Had it been just a stolen

Had it been just a stolen can I'd totally agree with frankdatank, but what concerns me is that they took the contents of the can too. I know that once it's on the curb it's not my property any longer, blah blah blah,but I am concerned about identity theft.

Lesson learned: Monitor my credit report, shred everything and don't put the can out--just the trash. Thanks!

Ftown66's picture

maryt621 wrote:Had it been

maryt621 wrote:

Had it been just a stolen can I'd totally agree with frankdatank, but what concerns me is that they took the contents of the can too. I know that once it's on the curb it's not my property any longer, blah blah blah,but I am concerned about identity theft.

Lesson learned: Monitor my credit report, shred everything and don't put the can out--just the trash. Thanks!

Sounds like your a suspect in a police/FBI probe. Probably searching for DNA evidence. Are you a serial killer? Just joking. Thats why i bought a shredder and shred anything with my name on it.

tudor's picture

I think it's a good idea to

I think it's a good idea to report it but I wouldn't expect a lot to happen right away. You have to protect yourself and shred stuff with your person info on it though.

biggeo's picture

you must buy some really

you must buy some really good trash cans, top of the line ,for them to be stolen so much. i doubt their trying to steal your identity just your cans

Nunzio's picture

maryt621 wrote:Overnight

maryt621 wrote:

Overnight someone stole my trash can with the trash in it. Two weeks ago I had put out a large number of bags of trash and someone ripped the bags open and rifled through them. Has anyone else experienced this?

I wasn't that concerned two weeks ago because I don't (if I can help it) throw any personal or financial documents in the trash, but now I'm getting concerned about identity theft. Does this, in your opinion, warrant a police report?

My guess is it was Spiral looking for his man card.

kdubs215's picture

RECYCLEABLES PEOPLE ...

RECYCLEABLES PEOPLE ... thats what they are looking for ... any fishtower knows this ....

Ftown66's picture

kdubs215 wrote:RECYCLEABLES

kdubs215 wrote:

RECYCLEABLES PEOPLE ... thats what they are looking for ... any fishtower knows this ....

I put my recyclables in the recycle can not the regular trash can.

dan's picture

kdubs215 wrote:RECYCLEABLES

kdubs215 wrote:

RECYCLEABLES PEOPLE ... thats what they are looking for ... any fishtower knows this ....

While I know this is generally what they are looking for, it is also true that we had someone who tried to steal our identity using information they took from our trash.

Thankfully, the info was far from adequate, and when they tried scamming us out of the additional info they needed by calling and pretending to be our credit card company we didn't fall for it. They also tried calling our vet, believing it was our physician, and tried scamming them by pretending to be our insurance company.