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Prevent Holiday Package Theft

Tyngsborough Police Department Offers Tips To Prevent Holiday Package Theft

With the holiday shopping season officially here, Chief Richard Howe and the Tyngsborough Police Department wish to remind residents of several precautions they can take when ordering items online to help prevent their gifts from falling into the wrong hands.
“Package thefts are a risk throughout the year, but they become far more common during the holiday season, Our officers have already responded to reports of package thefts recently, so it’s even more important for Tyngsborough residents to be mindful of ways they can take action to protect themselves and their belongings.”   Chief Howe 

Tips to Prevent Holiday Package Theft:

To best ensure that your packages are not taken after they are delivered, Tyngsborough Police recommend the following tips:
  • Request notifications on your deliveries, via phone or email, to monitor your packages in transit and upon delivery. FedEx and UPS offer services to assist customers during the holidays.
  • Always require a signature on your deliveries to ensure packages are never left unattended.
  • Consider sending deliveries to an alternate location where someone will be able to receive them – whether that be a workplace, a neighbor or friend’s house, or a FedEx or UPS location.
  • Schedule your delivery for a specific date and time that you’re expected to be home.
  • Set up a vacation hold if you plan on traveling during the holidays so gifts won’t be left on the doorstep.
  • Be aware of “tailgating,” which refers to people who follow delivery vehicles and steal packages after they are dropped off.
  • If you find your package has been stolen, immediately report it to Tyngsborough Police.
  • Never accept a surprise delivery where a payment is required, and never give out personal information when receiving a delivery that you purchased as it may be a scam.
Additionally, any suspicious people or vehicles should immediately be reported to the Tyngsborough Police Department at 978-649-7504.