Every year as the holiday season arrives, there always seems to be an increase in thefts of mail and packages, even in cities like Charlotte, where we typically don't worry much about this in many of our neighborhoods. From Officer K. Brooks, Community Coordinator, for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department comes the following advice on how to help prevent mail and package thefts this holiday season.
"Holiday tips in reference to a rise in Mail/Package thefts-
As the holidays quickly approach we are all busy and forget to do a lot of things that can protect us and our property. This time of year we usually see a rise in house break-ins and package thefts. Please follow the list below to help protect you and your property. We might not be paying attention but the thieves are.
- Lock Vehicles
- Remove All Valuables
- Leave Outside Lights On
- Shut & Lock Garage Doors and Windows
- Call 911 if you see any suspicious people or vehicles
- Have a trusted neighbor keep an eye on your property if you’re going out of town
- Set your Alarms
- Please do not leave any incoming and outgoing mail in mailboxes
- Do not leave packages that are being delivered on porch or outside of home, have a delivery track set on them, have a neighbor pick them up or be there when they are arriving.
Use this link: https://informeddelivery.usps.com/box/pages/intro/start.action to find out more about "informed delivery" by the US Postal Service."
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