November 28 2016
Protect Your Holiday Packages from Thieves
Today is “Cyber Monday” and that means many people will be ordering holiday gifts online.
Online shopping is a convenient way to avoid lines at the stores but it does open up the possibility of having packages stolen from your doorstep. As more people go online for their purchases, thieves have learned ways to steal packages once delivered to a household.
Here are some tips, provided by police public relations manager John Guilfoil on how to protect your items from theft:
Request notifications on your deliveries, via phone or email, to monitor your packages in transit and upon delivery.
Always require a signature on your deliveries to ensure packages are never left unattended.
Consider sending deliveries to an alternate location that someone will at to receive them – whether that be a workplace, a neighbor of friend’s house, or a FedEx or UPS location.
Schedule your delivery for a specific date and time that you’re expected to be home.
Set up a vacation hold if you plan on travelling during the holidays so gifts won’t be left on the doorstep.
Residents should never accept a surprise package or gift where a payment is required. Additionally, do not give out any personal information when retrieving a delivery if you initiated the purchase.