As the holiday season approaches, the Chelsea Police Department remains on the lookout for package thefts and is offering advice to residents to avoid becoming a victim of the holiday Grinch.The police department is taking a number of steps to prevent package thefts during the holiday season: uniformed and plain clothes officers have received training in the method of operation of package thieves. Officers are also made aware that thieves typically see UPS or Fed Ex trucks delivering packages as good opportunities.The following tips may prevent residents from being victim to package thefts:
– Request a drop-off time and date when you will be home; use a tracking number to follow your packages; and request that your package delivery requires a recipient signature.
– If you have a home security system, the department recommends you “prominently display your home security system.”
– Utilize email or text notifications regarding the status of your delivery; and consider purchasing a locking parcel delivery box that can be bolted down or otherwise secured.
– Consider in-store delivery or have packages delivered to a reputable package pickup location, such as Amazon Locker or other business that accepts package deliveries. Residents could also request that the delivery service leaves your packages at a side door, back door, an enclosed porch or other area where the package will be out of site.
– If permissible, have your packages delivered to your workplace
Additionally, if your packages do not arrive as scheduled, contact the sender as soon as possible to determine if there is a delay in the delivery.
The department is also asking for residents’ help by contacting them to report any incidents of theft or other suspicious behavior.
The simplest way to relay a tip is by calling the Crime Stoppers Tip Hotline at (617) 466-4880 and leaving a message. Crime Tips can also be sent through the Smart Phone application “MyPD” available through the App Store or the Android Market. Tipsters are reminded that the Crime Stoppers Tip Hotline and the MyPD app should never be used for crime in progress. Citizens should always use 9-1-1 to report emergencies, and crimes in progress.