Newport Beach police issued an alert today, warning residents to beware of thieves who target holiday deliveries.
“This holiday season don’t give thieves the gift of opportunity by leaving packages on your doorstep,” the alert said. “When shipping holiday gifts or ordering merchandise for home delivery, there are a few things you can do to make sure you take delivery of your gifts and not the THIEVES!”
The alert included the following tips;
• When selecting shipping options, choose one that requires you to sign for delivery. In most cases, if you are not at home when a delivery is attempted, you can either pick up your packages in person or schedule a delivery for a time when you are able to receive it.
• Check the website of the delivery company that will be delivering your package. UPS and FedEx both offer customers the ability to customize the time and date of their delivery for when they will be home.
• Track your delivery online. Check your package’s delivery status for its estimated delivery time and try to be home when it arrives.
• Let a trusted neighbor know you are expecting a delivery, and ask them to take possession of it when it arrives. Offer to do the same for them when they have a package delivered.
The alert also asked residents to call police if they see someone taking packages from a doorstep, or someone following a delivery truck and then going up to the porch after a delivery has been made, even if you don’t see the person leave with a package because they may have taken items from the box. If you see suspicious behavior, call the STOP Disappearing Deliveries number at (949) 644-3717.
Two years ago, a Newport Beach woman was arrested after she followed delivery trucks and then stole items; read our story here.