Don’t let a package thief snag your holiday gift from the porch before you do. Many people are shopping online this holiday season and criminals are taking advantage. The Boise Police Department has already responded to more package thefts this holiday season than last year. BPD investigated a total of 19 package thefts in the last three months of 2019. As of last Thursday officers have taken 20 package theft reports since the beginning of October. Thieves look for opportunities by following delivery drivers, cruising residential neighborhoods or going through apartment complexes and checking doorsteps.
- You can reduce your chances of having your online order stolen by tracking packages and shipments. Some companies will even let you schedule your delivery.
- If you cannot be home for delivery, ask a neighbor to watch for the package and secure it for you.
- Leave specific instructions for delivery when you order the product; you can also do this through the shipper's online tracking services. Do not leave a note on your door with instructions.
- Consider having all your shipments require a signature for delivery or have your package delivered to your work or a relative or friend who will be at home. You may also have the option to pick your package up from the post office or a shipping center.
- Be aware of suspicious activity that seems out of the ordinary for your neighborhood. Pay attention to unfamiliar vehicles and individuals. Call Police Dispatch at 208-377-6790 to report suspicious behavior.
- Consider installing home security cameras. A doorbell camera or other visible camera monitoring your property could deter a would-be package thief or provide police with additional evidence of the crime.