Nothing says “Grinch” quite like your holiday packages being stolen right off of your doorstep. Unfortunately it happens more often than we’d like to believe, especially this time of year when the sales are great and everyone is in a spending mood.
Your best bet, of course, is to be there when your packages arrive. Unfortunately most of our schedules don’t allow for time to babysit our front porch.
Suffolk Police want everyone in Suffolk and all of Hampton Roads to have a safe and happy holiday, so they shared some tips to protect those Christmas gift deliveries.
- Send the package to the residence of a trusted friend or relative who you know will be home. Be sure that the friend is ready and waiting to retrieve the package when the doorbell rings.
- Ask the package delivery company to hold the package if you will not be home (many have local delivery centers). This service might not always be available, but some companies will hold a package for up to 5 days. It’s worth asking, especially for pricier items.
- Request that your package is marked “signature required.” This requires the delivery person to stand by and wait until you’re available to retrieve the package.
- Mark the package with a value of $100 or more, which will likely require a signature.
- Leave special instructions on where to deliver the package. A good place is on the side or back of the house, so that the package is out of sight from the road. Ask the delivery person to take and discard the note with him/her or leave it with the package.
- Use a company that provides a tracking service and check online to see when it is scheduled to arrive.
- Have the items shipped to the nearest store for “in-store pick up.”
- If you have an understanding boss, have your packages delivered to you at work.