Mailboxes a gift for thieves
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?”
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