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Posted on: December 7, 2017

Preventing Package Thefts

Now that we have fully entered the holiday season, it's important to be mindful of those wanting to steal packages from your porch.

Consider the following options to prevent/deter package thefts:

1) Direct delivery of the item to package lockers, store front, or the distribution center

2) Installation and use of video cameras, and at minimum have a camera at/near front door area of home (in the event of a criminal offense, optional video storage services for the cameras are extremely helpful for law enforcement)

3) Ask a friend/neighbor/relative to look for and collect packages

4) re-route or reschedule deliveries

5) track packages through the shipment and delivery process

Online purchases, while convenient, has opened another avenue for property crime. The theft of packages from the front porch is an offense that requires very little time to complete. Most often the theft can be completed in under 30 seconds.

Our patrol officers have been actively working to reduce the incidence of package thefts, and we depend on you to report suspicious activity. In Highland Park, the HPDPS non-emergency number for is 214-521-5000. In an emergency, dial 9-1-1. If you have been a victim of a package theft in Highland Park, please notify our department right away.

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