The Edmonton Police Service has released a statement indicating that the theft of parcels left on doorsteps and in mailboxes is on the rise in and around the City of Edmonton.
EDMONTON | First and foremost, I hope everyone’s December has started off well. Being so close to the holiday seasons, it’s disappointing to be learning about another tactic used by thieves for years, but it is very real, and it happens every single year.
We all know that Christmas & fourth quarter holidays are always the craziest times when it comes to parcel delivery across North America, but do we take the time to think about the actual drop off of our parcels? In many cases, not at all. Some of the time you’re not even aware of a package you’re receiving – maybe a birthday gift from a family member or loved one. That makes it impossible to prepare for, but if you do know of a package on the way, then you should try and do everything possible to make sure that the parcel in question actually does make it into your hands.
Between November 1st and November 28th, the Edmonton Police Service has investigated 17 parcel thefts throughout the city, and it’s bound to get worse this December if we don’t take the precautions necessary.
Edmonton Police even warns that in one incident, someone followed a parcel delivery truck to its drop-off locations, and took parcels from doorsteps this way.
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What can you do to prevent parcel theft? Make sure that you or someone you trust is at the residence on the day that your parcel is to arrive, or have it delivered at a different location if you will be elsewhere. Or, have it set up so that you pick it up at the local depot. Whatever you do, don’t just let it arrive and be left on your doorstep for someone else to acquire and call their own, because reality is, not everyone can be trusted.
Please help spread the word about this garbage behavior by sharing this story, thus making it as difficult as possible for potential thieves to get away with our hard-earned parcels.
How distasteful it is to have to worry about such things so close to holiday times, but please keep in mind that December has far more parcel traffic than any other, and thieves fully understand this.
This article was written by Jody Mitoma.