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Fremont Police Department (CA)
Monday December 12th, 2011 :: 01:37 p.m. PST

Holiday Package Delivery Safety Tips

In the last week, we have received several reports of packages being stolen from front porches. As most are aware, delivery companies ring the door bell and leave the package on the front doorstep for residents to retrieve at a later time. In at least two of our recent cases, the packages were stolen in less than 15 minutes of when they were delivered. At this point we are not sure if the delivery trucks are being followed, but this type of criminal activity is common during the holidays. Most thieves are looking for electronics and high end gifts that they can profit from.

Here are a few safety tips you can take to better protect yourself if you are expecting a package delivery.

- Always retrieve packages (and mail) as soon as it arrives.

If you aren’t going to be home to receive the package:
- Send the package to the residence of a trusted friend or relative who you know will be home. Be sure that the friend is ready and waiting to retrieve the package when the doorbell rings.
- Ask the package delivery company to hold the package if you will not be home (many have local delivery centers). While we can’t promise that this service is available, we do know that some companies will hold a package for up to 5 days.
- Request that your package is marked “signature required.” This requires the delivery person to stand by and wait until you’re available to retrieve the package. You could also put a note on your door, requesting the deliverer go to your next door neighbor for the signature.
- Mark the package with a value of $100 or more, which will likely require a signature.
- Leave special instructions on where to deliver the package. A good place is on the side or back of the house, so that the package is out of sight from the road. Ask the deliver to take and discard the note with him/her or leave it with the package.
- Use a company that provides a tracking service and check online to see when it is scheduled to arrive.
- Have the items shipped to the nearest store for “in-store pick up.”
- If you have an understanding boss, have your packages delivered to you at work.

Please be vigilant during the holidays and report any and all suspicious activity to the Fremont Police Department at 510-790-6800, option 3. If you see a crime in progress, call 9-1-1.

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