Residents can reduce the chances of scavengers having access to recyclables by setting the containers out in the morning of pick-up, rather than the night before. You may also want to consider tearing up or shredding personal documents. Also, try placing items that have value (such as soda cans, bottles) on the bottom of the container.
Local police recommend that you not confront the individual, but call the police Dispatch number (do NOT call 911). Without endangering yourself, try to obtain a description of the individual (s) and their vehicle, as well as a license plate number.