Leonard Campanello, Chief of Police
197 Main St.
Gloucester , MA 01930
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Gloucester Police Advise Residents to Secure Online Deliveries During the Holidays
GLOUCESTER — As community members gear up to begin their online holiday shopping, Chief Leonard Campanello and the Gloucester Police Department urge residents to use caution when scheduling deliveries to prevent doorstep theft.
“If you know you’re not going to be home at the time your delivery is scheduled to arrive, we advise sending packages to a secure location so they will not be left outside unattended,” Chief Campanello said. “No community is immune to theft. Protect yourself and your gifts this season.”
• 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.