James M. Spinney, Chief of Police
2 Olde North Road
Chelmsford, MA 01824
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Chelmsford Police Provide Tips to Avoid Doorstep Theft This Holiday Season
CHELMSFORD — As residents begin their online holiday shopping, Chief James Spinney and the Chelmsford Police Department remind residents to take caution when scheduling their deliveries to deter doorstop thieves.
“Always be sure someone is home or available to pick up your delivery so the package is not stolen from your property,” Chief Spinney said. “Thieves are known to follow delivery trucks during this time year and will not think twice about stealing unattended merchandise. Protect yourself so you do not become a victim of this crime.”
• Requesting a signature on your deliveries, especially those of high value, so they are not left unattended. You can also give specific instructions on where to leave a package so it is not left in a visible spot.
• Signing up for an email alert that will notify you when your delivery is set to arrive.
• Choosing an alternative destination — either at work or at a family member’s, friend’s or neighbor’s house where someone will be home to receive the delivery.
• Re-directing packages, even if they’re already on their way. Send them to your closest FedEx or UPS office, or another secure location.
• Setting up a vacation hold if you’ll be away during the holidays so gifts will not be delivered to an empty house.
If you arrive home to find your package has been stolen, immediately report it to police. However, if the item was not insured, the chances of receiving it back are slim.
Residents should NEVER accept a surprise package or gift where a payment is required. Additionally, do not give out any personal information when retrieving a delivery if you initiated the purchase.