UPS estimates that more than 585 million packages will be delivered in December, giving Grinch-like bandits more opportunities than ever to swipe gifts before they can even be wrapped.
“This is a crime that occurs in virtually every community in our country,” the Palo Alto Police Department said in a recent statement. “Packages that are left unattended make for easy targets for criminals.”
Several of our partners across the country are offering safety tips on Nextdoor to help prevent packages from being stolen from homes in their areas.
The Palo Alto Police Department suggests the following to avoid becoming a victim:
- If your employer will allow it, have packages delivered to your office.
- If not, have packages delivered to a place where they can be received in person, such as the home of a trusted neighbor who stays home during the day, or a retired relative.
- Request the shipper require a signature confirmation or hold your package at their pick-up facility so you can pick it up in person at your convenience.
- If purchasing from a large retailer, request that your package be delivered to a local branch of the store so you can pick it up in person at your convenience.
- Request a specific delivery date and time from the shipper when you know you will be home.
- Provide delivery instructions to the shipper so that packages can be left at a safe location at your home that is out of sight from the street.
- Sign up for delivery alerts from the shipper.
Neighbors are becoming more vigilant, as well, turning to Nextdoor to help them prevent package thefts in their neighborhoods. Neighbors in Columbus, San Antonio, and Las Vegas have all used Nextdoor to make sure their presents end up right where they belong: under the tree.