William J. Smith, Chief of Police
300 South Franklin St.
Holbrook, MA 02343
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2017
Contact: John Guilfoil
Holbrook Police Offer Tips to Prevent Holiday Package Theft
HOLBROOK — With the holiday shopping season officially here, Chief William Smith and the Holbrook Police Department wish to remind residents of several precautions they can take when ordering items online to help prevent their gifts from falling into the wrong hands.
“Many residents are often not home during the day to receive their packages, leaving them at risk of being taken,” Chief Smith said. “To avoid package thefts, try to arrange for your deliveries to be sent to a secure location, like your work, or a relative or friend’s house that you know will be home.”
- Request notifications on your deliveries, via phone or email, to monitor your packages in transit and upon delivery.
- Always require a signature on your deliveries to ensure packages are never left unattended.
- Consider sending deliveries to an alternate location where someone will be able to receive them – whether that be a workplace, a neighbor or friend’s house, or a FedEx or UPS location.
- Schedule your delivery for a specific date and time that you’re expected to be home.
- Set up a vacation hold if you plan on traveling during the holidays so gifts won’t be left on the doorstep.
- Be aware of “tailgating,” which refers to the people who follow delivery vehicles and steal the packages after they are dropped off.
- If you find your package has been stolen, reach out to Holbrook Police and report it immediately.
- Never accept a surprise delivery where a payment is required, and never give out personal information when receiving a delivery that you purchased.