Shipping companies warn of thefts during holiday season

December 12, 2012 2:55:06 PM PST
Thieves are looking for an opportunity to steal packages this holiday season, mail companies warn.

Residents who work during the day are more likely to fall victim to these types of thefts.

Ravenswood resident Laura Ashmore was expecting a holiday package- a gift that topped her son's Christmas list. She never received the package.

"It's sad that you just can't have something delivered to your home without being concerned that someone will steal it. It's like a Secret Santa for the thieves. They don't know what's inside, but they'll take it," said Ashmore.

Authorities in Pennsylvania caught a thief on surveillance video. She is seen grabbing a box that was delivered just moments before. The package contained two pairs of Prada shoes.

FedEx suggests residents take these steps:

-Always ship to alternate location - where someone will be available.
-Select HOLD AT FEDEX LOCATION
-Request evening delivery or make appointment for delivery
-Select SIGNATURE REQUIRED to ensure the gifts ends up in the right hands.

The US Postal service also has similar options to reduce the chances that someone unintended gets your gift. The Chicago district spokesman recommends calling the local post office and coordinating delivery with the carrier.

"It's something we've seen more and more the last few years, especially this time of year. There are more and more packages being delivered," said Mark Reynolds, US Postal Service.

You can further reduce the risk of theft by paying for secure package service at The UPS Stores for a fee. Packages will be delivered at the store and held until picked up.

"As soon as a package arrives, we scan it in. You get a text or email, your preference, letting you know your package has arrived and it's safe," said Tom Bellino, UPS Store.

"It's something we've seen more and more the last few years, especially this time of year. There are more and more packages being delivered," said Mark Reynolds, US Postal Service.


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