Po­lice on look­out for pack­age thieves

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Fran Maye [email protected]­tu­ry­media.com @ dai­ly­lo­cal on Twit­ter

State po­lice are ad­vis­ing res­i­dents to take pre­cau­tions. Be­cause of the hol­i­days, many de­liv­er­ies are be­ing made.

AVON­DALE >> Af­ter a num­ber of thefts of pack­ages from porches in Ch­ester County, state po­lice are ad­vis­ing res­i­dents to take pre­cau­tions. Be­cause of the hol­i­days, many de­liv­er­ies are be­ing made.

Re­cently State Po­lice in Avon­dale bar­racks and Lan­caster bar­racks in­ves­ti­gated mul­ti­ple re­ports of pack­ages be­ing stolen from the front porch and mail be­ing taken from the mail­boxes. While State Po­lice are ac­tively in­ves­ti­gat­ing these thefts, po­lice are ask­ing the pub­lic to help by se­cur­ing their pack­ages.

In nearby Delaware County, Up­per Darby Po­lice Depart­ment is look­ing for a num­ber of per­sons who stole mailed items that were wait­ing at the front doors of their in­tended re­cip­i­ents from three dif­fer­ent ad­dresses through­out the town­ship on Mon­day and Tues­day.

The first theft oc­curred Mon­day evening some­time around 5 and 6 p.m. in the 4600 block of Wood­lawn Av­enue in Up­per Darby. A pack­age de­liv­ered by Ama­zon con­tain­ing a Monopoly board game, toys and a hair care prod­uct was swiped from this ad­dress, said Up­per Darby Po­lice Su­per­in­ten­dent Michael Chit­wood on Tues­day af­ter­noon.

The se­cond in­ci­dent was caught on home sur­veil­lance video where four teenagers were iden­ti­fied swip­ing a pack­age de­liv­ered by the postal ser­vice con­tain­ing a pair of brown dress shoes. The theft oc­curred Mon­day night at ap­prox­i­mately 7:45 p.m. in the 3900 block of Mary Street in Drexel Hill. Po­lice are in the process of se­cur­ing the sur­veil­lance footage from the pri­vate res­i­dence for in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

There are mul­ti­ple ways to se­cure de­liv­er­ies and help pre­vent thefts.

• Ama­zon Locker or UPS store will hold your item un­til you are able to pick it up.

• Have the pack­aged de­liv­ered to your work­place if com­pany pol­icy al­lows it.

• Have de­liv­er­ies go to a friend’s house that is home.

• Re­quest for sig­na­ture de­liv­ery.

• Rer­oute or resched­ule de­liv­ery times for when you are home.

• In­stall a se­cure mail/pack­age locker at your res­i­dence for mail and de­liv­er­ies.

• In­stall a sur­veil­lance cam­era or door­bell de­vice to help pre­vent thefts.

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