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Tips for Keeping Your Delivered Holiday Packages Safe

The New Berlin Police Department is reminding everyone that during the month of December caution should be used when having packages delivered at home.

Most packages which are delivered to customers are left at the customer’s door, even if no one is home to accept them.

Unfortunately, this is also brings out individuals who are looking for crimes of opportunity, as well as criminals that target delivery trucks in neighborhoods. To reduce the chances of being victimized by package delivery thieves, the New Berlin Police Department offers the following advice:

■Choose a shipping option that requires you to sign for delivery.

■Check delivery status online so you can try to be home when the package arrives. Some retailers even offer text messages to your cell phone to alert you when items have been delivered.

■On the expected day of arrival, post a note on your door asking the delivery service to leave the package with a trusted neighbor.

■Arrange to have the package shipped to another location where someone can receive it.

■Ask the delivery company to hold your package for customer pick-up at their local shipping facility.

■If you do not receive your shipment on time, check with the company of origin and confirm the delivery. If the item was delivered and you did not receive it, report the theft or loss to the original company, the shipping company, and to your local police department.

■Many of these crimes occur during broad daylight. Be alert about suspicious behavior in your neighborhood.

Call the New Berlin Police Department to report this type of suspicious activity or call 9-1-1 if you observe a crime in progress.
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