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Holiday Shopping: Prevent Criminals From Taking Your Mail, Packages

Fremont police have seen a rise in packages being stolen from homes.

From Fremont Police

Over the last week, a couple of Fremont residents have reported packages and mail being stolen from their front porches. This type of criminal activity tends to be on the rise during the holiday season.

As most are aware, delivery companies normally ring the door bell and leave the package on the front doorstep for residents to retrieve at a later time. Most thieves are looking for electronics and high end gifts that they can profit from.

Our patrol teams and US Postal Inspectors are aware of the recent thefts and will be conducting extra patrol checks throughout our community. 

Here are a few safety tips you can take to better protect yourself if you are expecting a package delivery. 

Always retrieve packages (and mail) as soon as it arrives.

If you are not going to be home to receive the package: 

  1. Send the package to the residence of a trusted friend or relative who you know will be home. Be sure that the friend is ready and waiting to retrieve the package when the doorbell rings and be on the lookout in case the doorbell doesn't ring (we received information recently that they may not ring the bell if the value is less than $100). 
  2. Ask the package delivery company to hold the package if you will not be home (many have local delivery centers). While we can’t promise that this service is available, we do know that some companies will hold a package for up to 5 days. 
  3. Request that your package is marked “signature required.” This requires the delivery person to stand by and wait until you’re available to retrieve the package. You could also put a note on your door, requesting the deliverer go to your next door neighbor for the signature. 
  4. Mark the package with a value of $100 or more, which will likely require a signature. 
  5. Leave special instructions on where to deliver the package. A good place is on the side or back of the house, so that the package is out of sight from the road. Ask the deliver to take and discard the note with him/her or leave it with the package. 
  6. Use a company that provides a tracking service and check online to see when it is scheduled to arrive. 
  7. Have the items shipped to the nearest store for “in-store pick up.” 
  8. If you have an understanding boss, have your packages delivered to you at work. 

Please be vigilant during the holidays and report any and all suspicious activity to the Fremont Police Department at 510-790-6800, option 3. If you see a crime in progress, call 9-1-1. 

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To contact Fremont PD directly for non-emergency matters or send photos, please email us at fremontpolice@fremont.gov.

Matt Cullum November 25, 2012 at 06:36 PM
I agree, neighbors should be looking at for each other. Sometimes, all it takes is some neighborhood watch signage and loud barking from a big dog to deter opportunistic thieves.
YoureAnIdiot November 25, 2012 at 08:48 PM
I never received 2 packages in the past. All I did was contact the vendor and told them I never received it. I got replacement items.. I refuse to pay for anything I did not receive, especially when I dont even know if I in fact received them. The postal carriers need to find a side spot to put them in, Behind your gate or behind a bush etc, so people walking by cant see them.. helloooooo its not rocket science ;)
declectic November 25, 2012 at 09:56 PM
You're right, YoureAnIdiot. I, too, had never delivered or missing items replaced, except I had to wait at the least two weeks. Time doesn't matter too much unless the items are meant as gifts.
James Nelson November 26, 2012 at 05:13 AM
I never have Anything Delivered Directly to me, hell I don't even use my Designated Mail Box. Too much Potential Drama.
Jim Davis December 05, 2012 at 04:25 PM
A great website for online holiday shopping is The Online Shopping Mall (http://jimdavisenterprises.blogspot.com). It has many leading online retailers and highlights lots of holiday deals and specials, that help you save money. Check it out.

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