You wanted a new television and did the research between LCD vs. LED vs. plasma TV. You asked your friends the benefits of their LCD vs. plasma vs. LED TVs. Once at the store, you asked the sales associate to talk about the quality and prices and narrowed it down to LCD vs. plasma. You finally chose a plasma TV, and with the TV finally purchased, you head home, set it up and take the box out to the curb with the rest of the trash. And that was your first mistake.
Whenever you purchase electronics or expensive items, take precautions to keep it away from prying eyes. Thieves love to check out parking lots for people who made big purchases or follow people home who have valuables in their car. Keep your expensive electronics out of view in your vehicle. If your new TV doesn't fit in the car trunk, cover it with a blanket in the back of your pickup or SUV. When you get home, pull your vehicle into the garage, and close the door. Wait to take the TV out of the vehicle until any passerby can't see you.
Once you have the TV set up and have filed the warranty, user's guide and receipt, cut off any bar codes you may need for a manufacturer's rebate, then immediately break down the box and put it in a garbage bag. Place the bag in the trash bin and cover it with more trash throughout the week before setting it out on the curb. If there's a cardboard TV box visible in your trash, people will notice, especially thieves. For insurance purposes, take a photo of the TV and jot down the serial number and any other specifics that aren't immediately obvious, such as whether it's an LCD, LED, plasma or 3-D TV and what its size is. Though you think this information is obvious and easy to remember, such specs are hard to recall for sure once the receipt is gone and the TV isn't in front of you anymore.