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Bergen Police Warn: Don't Be Victimized By Porch Package Thieves

Police urged citizens to keep a lookout and immediately report any suspicious people in your neighborhood.
Police urged citizens to keep a lookout and immediately report any suspicious people in your neighborhood. Photo Credit: CLIFFVIEW PILOT

'Tis the season: Thieves again are helping themselves to packages left on porches by delivery companies -- so it’s best to make other arrangements, police say.

A Paterson man was arrested by Wyckoff police after they said they caught him stealing packages while delivering newspapers with his mother.

“Some thieves try to discreetly follow delivery trucks and then steal the boxes as soon as the truck drives away,” Wyckoff Police Chief Benjamin C. Fox said. “Other thieves simply drive through neighborhoods looking for packages left by doors.”

There are ways to protect your deliveries:

• Fox suggested tracking deliveries and having a friend or neighbor collect your package;

• For a small fee, you can require that a package not be delivered unless someone signs for it;

• UPS and FedEx also have special delivery methods (also for a fee) through which their employee can stash your package behind a planter or under the porch;

• You could also have a package sent to your local post office. UPS charges a small fee — but texts you when the package is waiting. FedEx does it for free;

• There’s always having the package delivered to you at work.

Just as importantly, Fox urged citizens to keep a lookout and immediately report any suspicious people in your neighborhood to police.

They don’t mind checking out tips. That’s how they not only catch criminals but prevent other crimes from happening.

NOTE: If a package of yours does disappear, check your credit card (many banks provide theft protection), then file a police report ASAP.

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