Police advise homeowners to guard against thieves who target deliveries left at the door

Neighbors can help keep on eye on deliveries

By TIM SEAMAN | tseaman@kcautv.com

Published 11/30 2015 07:34PM

Updated 11/30 2015 07:41PM

With it being cyber Monday police are warning folks that thieves are out and about during the holiday season looking to steal front door packages left unattended. Take extra precautions.

It doesn't matter if packages are being delivered by UPS, Fed Ex, USPS, each package is an opportunity for a thief.  Follow a delivery truck around during the holidays and you'll see the delivery workers do a mad dash at every stop one drop off after another.

"The thieves know people will be ordering a lot, delivered to their house on their front doorstop."

Police say all these packages out in the open are attractive targets for people who are willing to break the law. "They find a truck and start following it around," said Sgt Bryan.

"We know from the past, they find trucks. Follow them around and steal parcels off of porches," added Postal Inspector Jim O'Hare.  O'Hare says package thieves don't strike often but they have noticed an increase in the last 2-3 years.

"If you're home and you have the ability to get the package off the doorstep as soon as possible that's always advisable," added O'Hare.

Otherwise you should consider having a neighbor pick it up for you. Or have it delivered to a friend or relative's house.  If you do have a package that goes missing, both police and postal authorities say report it.

"Sometimes we get lucky and catch them. People see things that don't look right and they call police right away.
If we get the reports, then catch the person later, it all comes together.," added Sgt Bryan.

There's only so much you can do, have neighbors look out for you as well.

Copyright 2015 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

comments powered by Disqus