How to keep the Grinch from stealing your Christmas packages

December 7, 2018
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How to keep the Grinch from stealing your Christmas packages

The Brookhaven Police Dept. is warning residents that the number of stolen packages greatly increases this time of year. However, there are precautions that you can take to make sure presents you have delivered get placed under your tree.

“Remember, if we make this easy for the Grinch, he will continue to steal our Christmas,” said Major Brandon Gurley.  

Thieves sometimes follow delivery trucks. Once packages are delivered, they swoop in and take the package. Be sure to report any suspicious vehicles or Grinches to police immediately by dialing 9-1-1. 

There are other precautions available as well. You can write specific instructions for the delivery company on where to leave your package. With your employer’s permission, you can have your packages delivered to you at work.

“Residents are strongly encouraged to report a package theft to police so that we know when and where these incidents occur,” Gurley said. “We set up extra patrols in areas where there are package thefts. Reporting these crimes will help in better deployment of our patrols.” 

Additional Package Prevention Tips:

  • Install a front door security camera;
  • Ship packages to a secure location such as your place of employment;
  • Schedule packages to arrive when you are home;
  • Sign up for Amazon Key which allows you to control the locking and unlocking of your door through an app.  

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