Burlington Police Offer Tips to Avoid Package Theft During the Holiday Season
BURLINGTON – As part of their ongoing 12 Days of safety tips for the holiday season, Chief Michael Kent and the Burlington Police Department are reminding residents of several safety precautions when ordering items online to ensure that their gifts don’t fall into the wrong hands.
“My hope is that residents will take the threat of package theft seriously and will be careful to ensure their packages arrive as expected,” Chief Kent said. “There are several ways to keep your valuables from falling into the wrong hands, and our officers will be vigilant during their patrols throughout the season in keeping an eye out foranything or anyone that seems suspicious.”
FedEx and UPS offer services to assist customers during the holidays. To best ensure that your packages are not taken, Burlington Police recommend the following strategies:
Request notifications on your deliveries, via phone or email, to monitor your packages in transit and upon delivery.
Always require a signature on your deliveries to ensure packages are never left unattended.
Consider sending deliveries to an alternate location that someone will be able to receive them – whether that be a workplace, a neighbor of friend’s house, or a FedEx or UPS location.
Schedule your delivery for a specific date and time that you’re expected to be home.
Set up a vacation hold if you plan on traveling during the holidays so gifts won’t be left on the doorstep.
If you find your package has been stolen, reach out to police and report it immediately.
Never accept a surprise delivery where a payment is required, and never give out personal information when receiving a delivery that you purchased.