At this time of year, it’s not unusual for thieves to make their theft choices based on empty boxes left outside. Citing safety concerns, St. Paul is offering a cardboard-box drop-off site so you don’t advertise the goodies inside your home.

The police department, the Department of Public Works and Eureka Recycling are teaming up on a cardboard-only dumpster in the visitor parking lot of the Western District Police Headquarters, 389 Hamline Av. N. St. Paul residents can drop off cardboard boxes through Jan. 8.

“This is in an effort to prevent would-be burglars from knowing what new items are ‘available’ in their homes,” the city said in a statement. For more information, go to