Mail­boxes a gift for thieves

Chinchilla News - - NEWS -

THERE are few things more ex­cit­ing than wait­ing for a par­cel to ar­rive at your door, but for Chin­chilla res­i­dents, ex­cite­ment has turned to bit­ter dis­ap­point­ment as par­cel thieves rob them of their pack­ages.

Chin­chilla Po­lice of­fi­cer-in-charge Sergeant Ger­ard Brady said he was aware of the spate of re­cent mailbox thefts and had even been tar­geted him­self.

“I’ve had things knocked off from my let­ter­box,” he said.

“Chin­chilla Po­lice is still miss­ing an AR ri­fle from the post since last year.

“It’s hard to track, be­cause you don’t know whether it has ar­rived and been stolen or sim­ply not ar­rived.

“It’s some­thing we want to know about if it hap­pens.”

He sug­gested res­i­dents con­sider pay­ing ex­tra for reg­is­tered post and that home­own­ers and their neigh­bours stay vig­i­lant in

Have parcels de­liv­ered to your workplace

Or­gan­ise a post of­fice box

If pos­si­ble, opt to pick up pack­ages in store or have them shipped to a closer branch for pickup

Make ar­range­ments with a neigh­bour to ac­cept parcels for you

Make ar­range­ments with the post of­fice to hold your par­cel if you an­tic­i­pate be­ing away

check­ing and watch­ing their mail­boxes.

“Per­son­ally, any­thing I get de­liv­ered now I pay to have picked up,” Sgt Brady said.

“Re­al­is­ti­cally, would you leave your shop­ping on a mailbox?”

PHOTO: DAVID WYLIE

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