Parcel package thefts are on the rise, according to South Pasadena Police Department officials.
“Most package thefts are a crime of opportunity, while others may follow the delivery truck,” said SPPD Crime Prevention Officer Richard Lee. “While some residents tracked the packages, many failed to use the delivery carrier’s tracking system. By tracking the package, you can monitor and get alerts on its progress. Always pick up packages promptly and if you can’t, have a neighbor pick the package up for you.”
It’s becoming a huge problem, say police, the notion that someone can simply park in front of a person’s house, walk to the front porch, pick-up a package, return to the vehicle and drive away.
Lee suggests having a package shipped to a person’s workplace if an employer will allows it.
“If shopping from Amazon, consider using their lockers,” he said.
Lee hears about the crime all too often and wants to heed advice to residents by providing some safety tips to help avoid potential losses.
- If your employer allows it, consider having packages delivered to your workplace.
- Always get a tracking number so you can track the delivery schedule.
- If you can’t be home to accept delivery, have a trusted neighbor pick-up the package.
- Consider having the delivery carrier hold the package at the local facility for you to pick up.
- Pick-up packages promptly from your front porch.
- Install a surveillance camera around the front porch area to help police catch the suspect and to act as a deterrent against potential thefts.