Glendora Police Offer Tips to Prevent Package Theft

From the Glendora Police Department

Expecting a delivery? So are thieves.  Although package delivery theft is more prevalent during the holiday season, it can happen any time.  With most packages delivered straight to your door, even when no one is home to accept them, is when criminals take the opportunity to steal them.   

Thieves are known to target a home after a delivery is made.  They follow or watch out for delivery trucks such as FedEx, UPS, US Mail and others.  Many of these crimes occur during daytime hours while you’re away.  Ensure your expected delivery arrives safely.  Reduce your chances of having your packages stolen by following these suggestions:

Choose a shipping option that requires a signature.
Track delivery status online.  Many retailers have this online feature, and some will send an alert to your cell phone when items have been delivered.
Arrange to have your package shipped to another location where someone can receive it.  
If you know you will not be at home to receive the package, leave a note with special instructions asking the delivery service to leave the package with a trusted neighbor.
Or last resort, have the delivery service hold your package for customer pick-up.

If you do not receive your package on time, check with the retailer to confirm the delivery.  If it was delivered and you did not receive it, report the loss to the retailer, the delivery service and to law enforcement.

If you see a delivery truck making the rounds in your neighborhood, be alert!  Report anything that might seem out of place or suspicious such as a vehicle following behind a delivery truck or unfamiliar persons walking in the area.  Report this activity to the Glendora Police Department at 626-914-8250.  Be sure to give the Police Dispatchers descriptive information such as type of vehicle, the license plate number and the number of persons involved.  This will help officers with their investigation.

The Glendora Police Department wishes you and your family a happy and safe holiday season!


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