Suburban Chicago Police Warn of Holiday Package Theft
Nothing can ruin the holiday spirit faster than a thief stealing your latest online purchase right off your front porch.
As millions of Americans log on for some holiday shopping, criminals begin stalking neighborhoods looking for unprotected packages filled with valuable merchandise. Police call it a seasonal “crime of opportunity.”
While there are no national statistics on doorstep thefts, recent reports in the Chicago area include a $1,200 laptop stolen in Oak Park, a package containing $30 in merchandise in Hinsdale, and $300 pair of women’s shoes in Riverside.
An Oak Park man was arrested in the Riverside case, and police are investigating whether he may be involved in several other local package thefts. The thefts and arrest in Riverside were enough for police to release the following tips for holiday shoppers expecting package delivery this holiday.
- Choose a shipping option that requires a signature for delivery.
- Track packages online and make arrangements to be home at time of delivery.
- Leave a note asking to leave the package with a neighbor.
- Ship the package to work.
- Ask for customer pick-up service.
- Insure your package.
- Residents of large condo units should prevent large amounts of packages from piling up near the front door.
For those who receive regular deliveries to their home, consider hiring a local home security company to install a system complete with cameras trained on your porch to thwart would-be thieves. Hiring a local delivery service may be another option to ensure packages arrive safely.
Want to know more about protecting your home from thieves? Consult our home security system guide.