As the holidays approach, many people are starting/continuing to shop for their loved ones. Here are some tips to prevent delivered packages from being stolen from porches and garages. With more and more people doing their shopping online, packages delivered to your doorstep have become a prime target for theft. To ensure safe delivery of your packages and keep them out of the hands of thieves, follow these important security tips:
1) Have packages delivered to where you are, not where you aren't. Your home is not the only place you can have your packages delivered. For example, if you work during the day, have items you order online delivered to your place of business instead of your home address. Instruct family and friends to do the same for packages they mail to you throughout the year.
2) Set up alternative delivery/pickup options through your local delivery services. Whether the majority of your packages are delivered by the U.S. Postal Service, UPS, or FedEx, each offers alternative delivery and pickup options. For example, UPS has an expanding Access Point network that provides for delivery and pickup of packages at local grocery or convenience stores in various neighborhoods. Let the delivery company know when you will be home.
3) Discourage thieves from targeting your residence with a few strategic home security devices. Home surveillance cameras can be effective crime deterrents. Your home security cameras should be prominently displayed where potential criminals can see them, yet high enough to prevent them from being tampered with. Outdoor security lighting and a home alarm system can also be effective crime deterrents.
4) Keep an eye out for suspicious vehicles and subjects in your neighborhood. Putting a stop to package theft and residential burglaries is a team effort. Talk to your neighbors and encourage everyone to keep an eye out for suspicious activity (i.e. an individual or vehicle following a delivery truck, a stranger removing a package from outside a residence, etc).
Please report suspicious activity or a theft to the East Dundee Police Department by calling 911.