As the holiday season rapidly approaches, Palo Alto police are offering tips to prevent packages from being stolen from people's front porches.
"Packages that are left unattended make for easy targets for criminals," according to a Nixle alert the police department sent to community members, with thefts occurring during times people are at work.
To avoid becoming a victim of package theft, police recommend these tips:
Have packages delivered to your workplace;
Request that the shipper hold the package at their pick-up facility so you can pick it up in person;
Have packages delivered to a place where they can be received in person, such as the home of a neighbor or a relative;
If purchasing something from a large retailer, request that the package be delivered to a local branch of the store to be picked up in person;
Request a specific delivery date and time from the shipper;
Provide delivery instructions so that packages can be left at a location at your home that is out of sight from the street;
Sign up for delivery alerts from the shipper and call a neighbor when the packages are delivered to take them inside for safekeeping until you get home;
Request that the shipper require a signature confirmation upon delivery.
Call the police department's 24-hour dispatch center at 911 or 650-329-2418 to report suspicious activity.
For a full list of crime prevention tips, visit cityofpaloalto.org/StopCrime.