Police warn online shoppers about package thieves

November 23, 2012 9:16:22 PM PST
Police are warning of thieves who work overtime this time of year, looking for packages left at front doors. And UPS is chiming in on how people can protect their belongings.

UPS is expected to deliver more than 527 million packages over the holiday and FedEx is preparing to ship more than 280 million packages to homes across the country, partly because customers are doing more of their shopping online.

"I was not waiting for my package, but I appreciate UPS ringing the doorbell because when they do, I come right away," online shopper Pam Majteles said.

But not everyone can be home when their packages are due to arrive and thieves know it.

Piedmont Police Sgt. Mike Munoz says that thieves operate quickly, following delivery trucks and making their move as soon as the driver clears the area.

"Somebody will drive by run up on the porch, grab them, jump back into the vehicle and take off with them," he said.

Police say that most thieves are looking for electronics and high-end gifts.

UPS offers these tips to prevent you from becoming a victim: sign up for notice delivery, define a delivery window, choose an alternate delivery location and for a $3 service fee, you can sign up for a "signature required" service.


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