Keep thieves off the gift list

CHB Mail - - NEWS -

Head­ing into the busiest time of year for postal de­liv­er­ies Po­lice want to re­mind ev­ery­one to do what they can to stop par­cel theft.

Com­ing into Christ­mas there are more parcels be­ing de­liv­ered, and more chances for your presents to be stolen.

Thieves will take any op­por­tu­nity to steal, and parcels left on front door steps or in apart­ment build­ing com­mon ar­eas are an easy tar­get.

Po­lice ad­vice is to get pack­ages de­liv­ered to a place where some­one will be home to re­ceive them, or to a work ad­dress.

If you do have de­liv­er­ies at your home, make sure you’re go­ing to be home to sign for them, or have a se­cure lo­ca­tion where they can be left.

Make sure de­liv­ery in­struc­tions are clear, and ask for pack­ages not to be placed at your front door, or on top of an apart­ment build­ing post box.

If you’re not go­ing to be home, ar­range to col­lect your par­cel from the de­pot, or have the par­cel redi­rected to the ad­dress of some­one you trust.

Be smart when dis­pos­ing of pack­ag­ing, so passers-by can’t see if you’ve been buy­ing ex­pen­sive items.

Re­port any sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour to Po­lice — for in­stance, if you see a car fol­low­ing a courier van, or an un­ex­pected vis­i­tor knocks on your door ask­ing for some­one you don’t know.

Make sure your gifts get given to your loved ones this Christ­mas and not thieves.

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Make sure you’re home to re­ceive parcels.

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