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Anchorage Police Department
Saturday November 23rd, 2019 :: 09:00 a.m. AKST


How you deal with package theft; Take 2

Last week we talked about how it’s the season for package theft and what you should do about it should it happen to you.  Apparently too much early egg nog and gingerbread cookies were consumed in our spirited writing– we have some minor tweaks to make regarding our previous instructions.
So here it is – Take Two – on what you should do if some Grinch steals any of your mail from your mailbox or packages from your porch (which is very rude and very non-Christmassy to boot).  We are going to ask you to please report the theft twice: once to us and once to the appropriate mail service.
If you have good suspect information like a name or license plate and/or the theft is actively happening, please call Dispatch at 3-1-1 (option #1).  If you do not have any solid suspect information, please fill out an online report with us which you may do on our website  It’s not uncommon for us to recover stolen items, to include mail, while investigating other crimes.  The more information we have regarding a criminal incident, the more opportunity we have to return the stolen property to its rightful owner and to build a case against the person(s) responsible.
Please also report the theft to whomever delivered the mail that was subsequently stolen.  If someone absconded with the contents of your mailbox, please report it to the United States Postal Service (USPS).  If USPS delivered a package to your front door which was later taken, also report it to USPS.  If another carrier delivered a package to your door step which was later confiscated by some inconsiderate soul with sticky fingers, please report the theft to that delivery service (Fed Ex, UPS, DHL, and etcetera).
If you see something, say something.  Give us a shout if you notice anything out of the ordinary.  It’s also helpful if you can get to know your neighbors and watch out for one another.  Stay safe out there and we wish all of you a happy holiday season.

Anchorage Police Department
716 W 4th Ave
Anchorage, AK 99501

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 907-786-8900

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