Suburban Police Department Share Tips To Protect Against Package Thieves

Nancy Harty
November 19, 2018 - 10:29 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The upcoming holiday shopping season has one suburban police department getting ready to search for package thieves. 

Palos Park Police Chief Joe Miller said his department received many reports of missing or stolen packages last holiday season.

"It was several times a week we were getting calls of either people reporting a package is not delivered, people reporting suspicious cars, there were people going up to other people's doors," Miller said.

However he said one call from a delivery truck driver about a suspicious car following him turned out to be a case of mistaken identity.

"We stopped the car and it turned out to be from the security department of representatives making sure the deliveries got delivered," Miller said.

The Palos Park Police Department offers these tips for keeping packages safe:

  • Get permission to ship all your packages to work. That way they aren’t left unguarded at your doorstep for hours where anyone walking by could snatch them. If this arrangement works out, be sure to tell all your friends and family also to ship packages to your work address.
  • Ask a friend or neighbor to receive your packages for you. You might not be home on work days, but plenty of people are. Trusted friends who are retired or who work at home might be happy to let you have packages delivered to them for safe keeping.
  • Don't forget, the post office will hold your mail for you if you're going out of town.
  • Plan ahead. If you're shipping something to someone else, use Hold for Pickup and then they can pick it up at their local post office instead of receiving it at home.
  • Use USPS Special Services, where a signature is required to receive the package.
  • Be sure to track your packages online.