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Police Warn of Potential for Package Thefts

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Local police are warning residents expecting holiday deliveries that package thefts are on the increase this time of year as opportunists swipe mail left outside front doors.

Packages left on porches on front stoops while residents are at work for the day have been reported stolen out of Jackson and surrounding areas, police there said, prompting the police department to issue a warning. The activity is on the increase this time of year and Jackson police offered some tips to help thwart thieves and protect package deliveries.

The suggestions range from requesting delivery during hours you will be home, to requiring an in-person signature instead of allowing packages to be left outside your door.

Here is the full post from Jackson Police:

This time of year brings an increase in USPS, UPS and Fed-Ex deliveries as residents order holiday gifts to be delivered to their homes. Jackson, as well as surrounding communities have experienced reports of thefts of packages that have been delivered and left on porches while residents are at work for the day.

If possible when ordering, try to arrange a delivery time for when somebody will be home to receive the package. When you do place an order, keep an eye on tracking information if it is emailed to you so you know when you may expect delivery. If you believe you may have been a victim of a theft, check with the company you placed the order with and the delivery service to verify delivery and report the incident to your local police.

As always, it helps to communicate with your neighbors and keep an eye out for each other. If you are a Jackson Township resident and observe any suspicious activity or persons, contact police headquarters at 732-928-1111 so available officers may respond and check the complaint. It is also helpful when doing this to try to provide the best description of any persons or vehicles that you can without putting yourself in harm’s way.

Please do not attempt to report an incident through this page as it is not continuously monitored, call police headquarters to make reports.

. December 17, 2013 at 06:23 AM
It is getting really disgusting.
Bricktown Lew December 17, 2013 at 10:19 AM
It was bound to start happening down here, too. Things like this spread country wide. The best part about it is that thieves just have to wait to after Thanksgiving for "package season" to begin! Oh well. Those are the breaks for celebrating the holidays. If you can't deal with the risks of being forced to spend and buy stuff for a holiday, then don't celebrate it, right?
KC December 18, 2013 at 01:10 AM
So we have the choice of being slaughtered in a shopping mall, or having our items stolen while out working to pay for them. What a country.
Bricktown Lew December 18, 2013 at 10:26 AM
@KC, what a country and what a world, right? It won't get better. Here's the thing: why is one forced to buy gifts for the 25th? If its for religious reasons, then you are free unless you are pagan. You see, there is no mention of Jesus requiring us to celebrate his birth in the scriptures. We are required to memorialize his death. Also, there is no record on Jesus birthdate in the scriptures as well. The date and celebration rituals are all based on pagan beliefs. Anyway, if you are celebrating Christmas simply for the gifts and pagan rituals, etc, then you might as well shop and finish before November when it is safe and easy, right?

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