6 Tips to Prevent Holiday Package Theft



Last week, the Police Department received about 15 reports of stolen mail packages from around the county at apartments, townhomes and single family homes.

Please consider the following safety tips to help ensure you receive all the online gifts and goodies you order this holiday season:


#1: Signatures

Require a signature upon delivery. If you can’t be home, consider sending your item to a friend’s home, if they can be available to sign.


#2: Workplace Delivery

Have the item delivered to your workplace, if permitted.


#3: Pick Up Packages

Some vendors now have package pick-up locations; you have to go there to get your item but it is securely stored. Select in-store pickup versus shipping. You may save on shipping fees by picking up the item yourself! You also can have the package delivered or held at a carrier location, like a UPS or FedEX facility.


#4: Track Deliveries

Closely track your deliveries. Know exactly which day and around what time it’ll arrive. Many carriers offer text and e-mail notifications.


#5: Provide Delivery Instructions

Asking a driver put your package in a more inconspicuous location around your home may reduce the likelihood of it being seen and stolen.


#6: Ask a Neighbor

Keep an eye on your neighbor’s home or ask a neighbor to watch for your deliveries. If you’re acquainted enough, you could hold the package in your home; or notify your neighbor their package has arrived if you have their phone number or e-mail.


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