This holiday season, UPS Inc. anticipates it will ship as many as 750 million packages between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
With the convenience of online orders and gifts being shipped across the country, the opportunity for package thefts increases, according to Tooele City Police Sgt. Tanya Kalma.
“This time of year presents an opportunity for criminals like no other time of year,” she said.
It only takes a potential thief a few days to determine where the packages are dropped off by delivery service workers, according to Grantsville City Police Officer Alison Peterson. It’s not possible, however, to be home all the time when a package is out for delivery, she said.
When possible, request a signature on deliveries to ensure the package is given to a person, Kalma said. For deliveries through the United States Postal Service, you can request the post office to hold packages, according to Kalma.
Tooele County Sheriff Lt. Ron Johnson said have packages delivered to the workplace, if your employer permits it, or to a relative who is home during the day.
While no Tooele County law enforcement agency has permitted the practice yet, some police departments, including Woods Cross, are allowing residents to ship packages to their offices.
Johnson and Peterson recommend getting security cameras or doorbell cameras as a means of monitoring who comes to the door during the day. The cameras can let residents know if a package has been dropped off or if someone suspicious has been in and around your porch, Peterson said.
“It’s a safety net,” she said.
Johnson, Peterson, and Kalma all agreed working together with neighbors can be an effective way to ensure packages are secured. If a neighbor you trust is home and able to take care of a package, it can remain safe until you return, Peterson said.
Even letting a neighbor know a package is being delivered so they can keep an eye out can be helpful, Kalma said.
If you believe a package that should have been delivered to your home has been stolen, or you see suspicious activity such as a delivery truck being followed, contact your local law enforcement agency.