In the wake of the thefts of some Christmas packages that had been delivered to unattended homes, the Pleasanton police department is offering some tips to keeps deliveries safe.
Parcels were stolen from two homes in recent days, and only discovered when a church employee contacted police after finding empty boxes in the church parking lot.
There have been incidents where thieves have followed the delivery truck, waited for the driver to leave the package on the porch or doorstep and then stolen the package.
Pleasanton crime prevention Officer Archie Chu said that's not something that's happened here, although Chu did say anytime there are unattended deliveries, there's a risk.
To keep parcels safe, the police department has offered this advice, noting packages left on a porch or doorstep are more likely to be stolen:
If possible, choose an alternate shipping address. You can send the package to a relative or neighbor who is home during the day and can accept delivery. Or you can send packages to your workplace rather than your home. This will ensure that you receive the package or someone will sign for it if you are not available.
Always try to request signature confirmation on deliveries. This will make certain that the delivery person won't leave the package unattended.
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Ask the package delivery company to hold the package at their location if you will not be home (many have local delivery centers). Some companies can hold packages for a few days.
Some delivery services offer text, email or web based notifications to track your package and let you know when it has been delivered. Check the delivery company's website for this service.
The department also suggests that people do their online shop at sites that uses https rather than http. The "s' means that the site should be more secure and encrypt the information sent when an order is placed.