I hope everyone reading had a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving holiday.
Today is Cyber Monday – the holiday season generates so many deliveries that I’ve got some package theft prevention tips listed below for you to reduce the odds of your packages being stolen from your porch. These tips should be considered year around, not just during the holiday season.
Don’t let a Grinch Steal Your Holiday Packages! Holiday Season Tips to Avoid Stolen Packages:
- Give the shipper specific delivery times when you will be home.
- Have your package delivered to your work address, to a trusted family member, or to a neighbor’s home if they are home all day and are willing to accept delivery for you.
- Have the package sent to the local delivery company’s warehouse and pick it up yourself.
- Ask if your shipper will request a signature upon delivery.
- Consider insuring the package.
- Obtain tracking information from the shipper.
- Contact the company you ordered from and the shipper if you suspect your package may have been stolen.
- Ask a trusted neighbor to keep an eye out on your home and to collect any packages, newspapers, advertisements or door-hangers from your porch.
- There are doorbell intercom/cameras on the market that allow you to view porch activity, access video from the doorbell cam and speak to the person via your mobile device without the person on the porch knowing if you are home or at work or out of the area.
Another gun was reported stolen, left in an unlocked vehicle parked outside overnight at an apartment complex. A Glock 9 MM is now in a criminal’s hands that could have been safely secured by the owner. Please properly secure your firearms for your own safety, your family’s safety and to prevent guns from being stolen. The Foothills Area Command is now nearing 200 reported firearms stolen year-to-date, and the vast majority are stolen from vehicles. Please protect your firearms and when not in use, safety stow them away out of harm’s way.
Property Crimes Reported over the Weekend in the Foothills Area Command (Friday – Sunday, November 24th through November 26th):
2 Armed Robberies/Commercial: Both reported on Friday: 3100-block of Juan Tabo and on the 12500-block of Montgomery.
13 Stolen Vehicles: Friday: 13000-block of Constitution Ave NE, 2 vehicles at the same address on the 12900-block of Indian School Rd, 10400-block of San Jacinto Ave NE, 3100-block of Jane Pl NE. Saturday: 13300-block of Mountain Rd NE, 6200-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 11600-block of Academy Rd NE, 12300-block of Eastridge Dr NE, 2900-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE. Sunday: 400-block of Western Skies SE, 13100-block of Wenonah Ave SE, 1700-block of Faith Ct NE.
4 Commercial Burlgaries: Friday: 100-block of Hotel Circle NE, 1000-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE. Saturday: 4600-block of Pitt St NE, 1800-block of Eubank Blvd NE.
1 Residential Burglary: Friday: 13600-block of Durant Ave NE.
14 Auto Burglaries: Friday: 400-block of Western Skies SE, 11100-block of Vistazo Pl SE,12000-block of Skyline Rd NE, 2 vehicles at the same address on the 4500-block of Morris. Saturday: 12300-block of Towner Ave NE, 11600-block of Blue Ribbon Rd SE, 1100-block of Daskalos Dr NE. Sunday: 700-block of La Charles Dr NE, 500-block of Eubank Blvd SE, 1300-block of Canyon Rim Dr NE, 12600-block of Copperwood Dr NE, 11800-block of Montgomery Blvd NE, 4700-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE. Entries: Leaving vehicles unlocked, damaging windows or door locks. Items stolen: Bicycle, text books, key to the owner’s garage. Wallet and driver’s license. Glock 9 MM firearm. Attempt to steal tires off vehicle, alert neighbor noticed and called police. Laptop computer. Registration sticker. Firefighter’s boots.
Be safe, and I’m so happy to be back and posting to my readers again. I hope the tips help you and that you will share them with family, friends, neighbors and colleagues. Have a safe Cyber Monday and this week will feature several posts on cybercrime prevention, privacy on line and some other features on national-designated days this week to build awareness in the community.
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, NCPS – APD, Foothills Area Command