Last week’s blog post was meant to be the final post until next year, but a matter of much importance needs to be noted because it is particularly relevant to the holiday season. Numerous reports have been posted on neighborhood Listservs about the theft of packages left by UPS, FED EX, USPS, and other delivery services from front porches and doorways. In some cases the thieves have been seen by neighbors snatching packages immediately after they are dropped off. Such was the case when one alert Shepherd Park neighbor called police after she saw strangers come up on the porch of the house next door, take her neighbor’s package, and then get into a car with temporary tags. Of course, by the time the police arrived, the thieves had driven away.
Often empty packages with the wrapping containing the address where they were delivered have been found discarded somewhere in the neighborhood. Although there were many similar reports on the Listservs and TV news last Christmas season, package thefts seem to have increased this year.
If you will not be at home to receive an expected package, there are some things that you can do. Have packages delivered to your office. Sign up for UPS My Choice. It is a free email/text alert that will be sent to you when your package is scheduled for delivery. Require a signature upon delivery. Ask a neighbor to keep an eye out for your packages and to bring them into his or her home until you can retrieve them. It has long been a practice by some FGC members, including me, to voluntarily bring in packages left at another member’s door or — even more risky – left in the building lobby, until a neighbor returns home.
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