Mail and package thefts can ruin anyone’s Christmas. During the holiday season, the Tehama County Sheriff’s Office says they see a spike in mail and package thefts.
On the morning of December 20, 2017, a large amount of mail was located and collected in the area of Antelope Blvd. The mail was addressed to residences in the area of Antelope Blvd. between Sale Ln. and Mulberry Ave. in Red Bluff.
Area residents should pay close attention to their bank accounts and credit reports due to credit card applications and bank statements being located.
Here are some tips to help minimize the chances of you being a victim:
•Have packages purchased online delivered directly to the local store you purchased them from, and pick up your packages at the store. This prevents packages being left at your door from being stolen.
•Have packages sent with “signature required.” This requires someone to be present to receive the package.
•Track your package online so you can see the status. This will allows you to see when the package is “out for delivery” so you will have an approximate day or time of delivery.
•Ask a trusted neighbor to pick up your package from your porch or mail if you are not going to be home.
•If your employer allows it, have your packages delivered to your place of work.
•If your mailbox is in a remote area, set up a PO Box where your items will be locked in a storefront.
•Collect your mail daily. Mail should be removed as soon as it arrives, especially if you’re expecting valuables or a package. Do not leave mail overnight. It only takes seconds for a theft to occur.
•Don’t ever send cash through mail or parcel services.
•Invest in a security camera system. If you are a victim of a theft, this could assist law enforcement in finding the suspect or knowing a vehicle associated to the suspect.
•Join a Neighborhood Watch group or join Nextdoor.com so you and your neighbors can relay information regarding thefts or other problems in your area.
•If you see something, say something. Be on the lookout for suspicious persons in your neighborhood. Criminals have been known to follow delivery vehicles, if someone doesn’t belong in the area, report the activity to your law enforcement. If possible, take a picture of vehicles including the license plate.
Taking proactive measures helps you to stay one step ahead of mail and package thieves. By removing the opportunity for them to steal your unattended packages or mail, you can ensure a safer delivery.
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