Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Package Theft Prevention Tips for Home Deliveries

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Tuesday November 17, 2015, 1:26 PM

- Altadena Station, Los Angeles County Sheriff

Jim McDonnell,

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Community: Package Theft Prevention
Tips for Home Deliveries

It is that time of year when many people are having
gifts and packages delivered, please take a few steps to help prevent
such thefts.

Package Theft Prevention Tips

If you have ever ordered items online chances are those items were
delivered straight to your home. Most deliveries DO NOT require a
signature and are generally left at your front door even if no one is
home to accept them.These pa...ckages, which quickly catch the eye of potential
thieves, offer criminals that ‘Crime of Opportunity” they are looking
for. Thieves looking to steal your packages will follow or watch for UPS,
Fed Ex, US Mail, and other delivery service trucks so they can target
your home after the parcels are delivered. Below are some “Package Theft
Prevention Tips” for you to use which will help reduce your chances of
becoming a victim of this crime.

If Possible:

• Ask for a tracking number. Most major
shipping companies offer this service at no charge. This number allows
you to track your packages and notifies you when they will be delivered.

• Request a “Signature Delivery Option”. This
requires a signature when the packages are delivered and ensures they
will not be left at the front door.

• For high dollar items, pay extra to insure
the package.

• Request a specific drop off time and date
when you will be home to accept your packages.

• Arrange to have your packages held at the
shipping service so you can pick them up.

• Ask the delivery service to leave your
packages at a side or back door. An enclosed porch where packages are out
of sight is also a good option.

• Have your packages delivered to your

• Have your packages delivered to the home of
a relative or neighbor who will be there to accept them

• Ask to have your packages delivered to a
retail store so you can pick them up at your convenience

• Ask a trustworthy neighbor to keep a
“Watchful Eye” out for you packages. If they’re willing, ask them to
safeguard your packages until you return home

• Leave a note for the carrier instructing
them where to leave your packages (Ex: backdoor)

• If your packages do not arrive as scheduled
contact the sender immediately.

What Should You Do If You See Packages Being
Stolen In Your Neighborhood?

1. Call 911 immediately! Tell the call taker
you are reporting a “Crime in Progress”

2. Tell the 911 operator an accurate
description of the suspect(s) and any vehicles that may be used.

10 Steps to prevent Vehicle and Residential

1. Lock all vehicle doors

2. Don't leave anything on your seats or

3. Park your vehicle in the garage

4. Use car alarms and leave your windows
rolled up

5. Install motion detector lights in the
front/back of your house

6. Use your porch light and peephole for the
front door

7. Obtain a security system or a watch dog

8. Secure doors and window with heavy-duty
locks and bolts

9. Communicate with your neighbors, they are
your eyes and ears

10. Join or start a neighborhood watch group
(Contact Deputy Greg Gabriel at Altadena Sheriff's Station (626)
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by LASD - Altadena
Station, Los Angeles County Sheriff

780 East Altadena Drive, Altadena, CA 91001
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