Advice on How to Protect Your Packages From Thieves - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Advice on How to Protect Your Packages From Thieves

Posted: Updated:
Advice on How to protect your packages from theives Advice on How to protect your packages from theives

With Christmas fast approaching, police are already seeing an increase in packages being stolen from front porches.

As more and more people shop online, the number of opportunities for thieves increase, according to YPD.

Thieves are following UPS and FedEx vehicles and once they see that a package has been delivered and that no one is home, they then steal the package or packages.

The Yakima Police Department will be conducting emphasis patrols this holiday season to try and cut down on the number of thefts.

Police ask that people take steps to reduce the chances of you becoming a victim. Here are a just a few steps you can take to protect packages:

  • Leave a note and arrange pickup at the UPS or FedEx store.
  • Contact UPS or FedEx and give them specific instructions in the event that no one is home. Possibly arrange to have the package dropped off at a trustworthy neighbor.
  • If you are shipping, ship the package to a location where you know someone will be available to receive it. For example, ship to an address, or to a trusted neighbor or loved one.
  • Consider selecting the "signature required" option. This means FedEx or UPS will only leave your package if someone is there to sign for it.
  • Even after a package is en route, you can redirect it to a nearby FedEx or UPS location for pickup.

Please report any suspicious activity in your neighborhood. Keep your eyes open. If you see a person or vehicle in your neighborhood that you are not familiar with, note the license plate number or use your cell phone and take a picture. If someone is up to no good, they will leave if they believe there is a chance they’d be identified.