Tips to avoid pack­age theft

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - LOCAL NEWS - Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

Penn­syl­va­nia State Police have sev­eral sug­ges­tions for home­own­ers who are con­cerned about an in­crease in pack­age thieves around the hol­i­days. With the pop­u­lar­ity of on­line shop­ping, Penn­syl­va­nia State Police sug­gest the fol­low­ing to de­ter crim­i­nals from tar­get­ing your porch:

• In­stall cam­eras on the out­side of the home.

• Put in­side lights and ra­dios on timers, to give the ap­pear­ance that some­one is home.

• Empty trash cans are a clear sig­nal that no one is home. Ask a neigh­bor to re­turn the empty cans to a des­ig­nated area.

• Re­quest spe­cific dropoff time and date.

• Sign up for alerts through the de­liv­ery ser­vice alert­ing you to when your pack­age is de­liv­ered.

• If you know the date and ap­prox­i­mate time of a pack­age de­liv­ery, ask a neigh­bor to pick it up for you.

• Have pack­ages de­liv­ered to a lo­cal UPS store.

• Make use of mod­ern tech­nol­ogy. There are mul­ti­ple smartphone ap­pli­ca­tions that al­low pack­ages to be tracked.

• Call 911 if you see some­thing strange and report the tip to au­thor­i­ties with as much de­tail as pos­si­ble.

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