Package thefts reported

Published 10:06 pm Friday, December 20, 2013

With the increase of online shopping around the holidays comes an increase in the number of packages left on porches being stolen by opportunistic thieves.

A few such thefts have been reported in Suffolk in the past week, city spokesman Tim Kelley said Friday.

Folks who believe they have been the victim of a package theft should first contact the delivery company to confirm the delivery was made and then call the Suffolk Police Department to report the theft

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The police offered these tips for keeping your items safe:

  • Require a signature before the carrier can leave the package.
  • Work with a neighbor who is home to have the package delivered to their residence.
  • If you know you will not be home at the time of delivery, leave a note on your door asking your delivery person to drop the parcel off at a neighbor’s house, or have the delivery company bring it back to the local distribution site for later pickup.
  • If your employer allows it, have the package delivered to your place of employment.
  • When you place an order, keep an eye on tracking information so that you know when delivery may occur so that you can be there to accept the package.
  • Pay for insurance on expensive gifts.

Anyone who has information about the recent thefts is asked to call Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP. Callers to Crime Line never have to give their names or appear in court, and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.