With online shopping expected to be at an all-time high because of the coronavirus pandemic, police all over are gearing up for potentially record-breaking cases of porch pirates. More than 5.5 million Americans have been victimized by package thefts over the past year, according to Finder, a personal finance comparison website, in a study released in November. The Township of Washington Police Department want to share the following tips with you for making your packages/home less vulnerable this holiday seasons:
- Track your deliveries so you know when packages will arrive. Many online retailers offer notifications and tracking information to keep you updated
- Have your package delivered to your work if you can
- Have your package delivered to the home of a relative/neighbor or friend that you know will be home.
- Have your package held at your local post office for pickup
- If you can try to schedule your shipment for when you are home
- Take advantage of “Ship to Store” option that many stores offer
- Request that your package has signature confirmation upon delivery
- Consider installing a video doorbell or security system that provides a view of your porch so you know when items are delivered
Keep an eye out for suspicious vehicles and people in your neighborhood. Be sure to report suspicious activity to the Township of Washington Police as it is occurring by calling 201-664-1140 or for emergencies 911. Calling after the fact makes it much harder to stop potential criminal activity.