by Timothy Rutt
Lots of chatter in the newsgroups lately about stolen packages and suspicious vehicles in the neighborhoods. Since this is the time of year when more packages are delivered, your front porch can be ripe pickings for thieves going after your holiday treasures.
While it's largely a crime of opportunity, in years past there have been reports of thieves actually following delivery trucks on their rounds and stealing packages they've left behind.
A few safety tips from years past on how to handle package deliveries:
- If possible, send the package to a relative or neighbor that is home during the day and is expecting the package.
- Always try to request signature confirmation on deliveries. This will ensure that the delivery person won’t leave the package unattended.
- Send packages to your work rather than your home. This will ensure that you receive the package or someone will sign for it if you are not available.
- If you see a suspicious vehicle in your neighborhood, or anybody taking packages from homes, call the sheriff (798-1131).