While Santa has come and gone, the Grinch could still be lurking.
Police departments across the metro are warning residents to be mindful when taking trash out to the curb because it could attract thieves.
A reporter in Kansas City drove around to several different neighborhoods in Missouri where trash bags and boxes were gathered curbside.
Jill Connors had several bags and a box for a 50-inch TV outside.
"I did think about that myself, I did think maybe we shouldn't put that out," Connors said.
Connors said though she normally does not leave big boxes such as that one out, she appreciates the reminder from police.
Many departments recommend cutting boxes down into pieces.
"Hopefully the criminals haven't driven by my yet house today," Connors said.
This article was written by Nick Starling for KSHB .