It's an unfortunate reality, but during the holiday season thieves are looking for opportunities to steal.
Several towns in the area, according to an announcement on the Wellesley Police website, have reported a number of packages stolen during the month of December. To combat these thefts, police are asking residents to request packages be left in non-obvious locations, such as a side porch or in an inconspicuous location.
In Burlington, the police logs in the past week had two calls of people coming home to packages missing. In both instances the delivery companies stated in their tracking services that the parcels had been delivered, but they were nowhere in sight.
The following tips come courtesy of the Somerville Police Department:
- Have your package delivered to a location where someone can receive it in person. A neighbor or relative who is usually home, or if you have an understanding boss, to your workplace, are good alternatives.
- Encourage your neighbors to watch for deliveries and agree to secure each others packages. This includes being watchful for any stranger who is going onto porches for no apparent reason or following delivery trucks.
- Request the shipper to hold your package at their facility. Most offer this service.
- Track deliveries online. Many companies officer a text notification to your cell phone when a package has been delivered.
- Request a signature confirmation of delivery.
- Insure valuable items.
- Provide delivery instructions. If packages will be left while you are not home, try to have them left out of sight from the street.
- If you see anyone acting suspicious, call 911.
The Wellesley PD also recommend you leave an instructional sign on your door.
It could be a good habit to get into before next year's holiday shopping, especially as packages will be more expensive after Amazon starts collecting Mass. sales tax next November.
Have any other tips to keep your packages safe? Leave them in the comments.