Do you throw away your ammo box's?
I actually burn or throw away my ammo box's at the range, I never use my own trash to discard them.
I do this with many other items too just for identity safety, I burn most all paper work, cc applications, new electronics boxes that I buy, etc.
But this thread is mostly about your ammo boxes and any gun related anything that you would throw out. I buy ammo by the cases so I have a lot of boxes, the box it came in, etc.
I saw a friend that I use to work with a while back that actually became a LEO, he would go to class at night while still working. Anyway, a couple of years go by and I hadn't talked to him and one day I was at my dad's house and the trash man is coming down the street. My dad's trash was not at the curb so I motioned towards it and my dad said, don't worry, that's Tim in the truck and if it's not out he will make sure and get it and come up to the house and chat, etc. Since your here I know he will want to talk to you. I was like Tim who? Your buddy, Tim. Puzzled I looked over and he was right, it was Tim coming off of the trash truck.
Turns out, he makes more money with much less hassle driving a trash truck and said he actually liked it cause he could work fast and get his route done and take the rest of the day of or find another route that needed to be done and work OT. He said if he could just be a cop he would still be doing it but with all the other BS he had to deal with was just not worth it.
Fast forward our conversation, he obviously knows I have gun's and I shoot a lot because we would go all the time to the range when we had more time. He said be sure and never throw away any ammo boxes or anything that would tie gun's to your house because he works with some shady people that break open every bag they throw in the truck to see if there is anything they want as well as figure out what type of things you are throwing out. He couldn't confirm it but said that it was funny how people will get burglarized because of this on these routes. Said he started picking up on it when he would work other routes if that person was off that day, called in or whatever and Tim being the great guy he is would talk to all of the home owners on the route that were out in the yard and chat with them.
Several would tell him about there break-in’s throughout the neighborhood and they couldn't figure out who it was or why they were being targeted. After going on more routes and talking to more homeowners he found a pattern of this happening, I guess once a cop always a cop! But he found that this was not happening on his route and others that had been with the company for a long time, etc.
So he started talking to the drivers on these routes kind of inquiring or talking about the customers telling him of these break in's just for small talk (no one knows he was an ex cop). Turns out several of the drivers are look out's either for themselves or to provide info for others that want your stuff and this is one of the way's they gain information as to what is in your house and he was sure they would get paid for providing the information. He also said that some would keep records of the "good" houses on what they were finding that they were throwing away. It could be from a jewelry box's up to a LCD TV box and everything in-between. He also said you wouldn't believe what people would/will throw away.
First thing he said was, do not throw anything away gun related, anything! Said to be very careful what you do throw out and to get rid of it a different way such as burning it. I had already been doing that but since then I have stepped it up to much more than that.
An example would be Christmas, all the boxes of the presents were either burned or taken to my office and tossed in the dumpster there. If you are not allowed to have a burn pile at your house then use your bbq pit or buy an outside pit that it can be controlled. It's slower but will work fine.
I thought it was interesting enough to pass on the info as I am sure many do not think about it. I did and had been doing that with several things gun related and mail related but what I throw out is even more controlled now.
Keep the gun stuff to yourself, same as concealed is concealed. Food for thought!