Crime Prevention

Package theft is a prevalent issue, especially around the holiday season, but with some precautions and vigilance, you can significantly reduce the risk. Here are some steps you can take to prevent package theft at your home:

Choose Secure Delivery Options: Opt for delivery services that offer secure delivery options, such as requiring a signature upon delivery or selecting in-store or locker pickups for your packages.

Install Security Cameras: Install security cameras near your front door and other entry points. Visible cameras can act as a deterrent and provide evidence in case of theft.

Use Smart Doorbells: Smart doorbell cameras allow you to monitor your front door remotely. They can also provide notifications when someone is at your door, allowing you to communicate with delivery personnel or deter potential thieves.

Request Discreet Packaging: Ask your retailers or delivery services to use discreet packaging to prevent the visibility of valuable items from the outside.

Track Your Packages: Utilize package tracking services provided by the shipping companies. This will help you know exactly when your package is due to arrive so you can plan to be home or make arrangements.

Secure Delivery Instructions: Provide specific delivery instructions to the carrier, like leaving the package in a less conspicuous area or with a trusted neighbor.

Be a Good Neighbor: Establish a good rapport with your neighbors and offer to keep an eye on each other's packages. A strong sense of community can discourage potential thieves.

Time Deliveries Wisely: If possible, request delivery during times when you or someone you trust is home, or consider having packages delivered to your workplace.

Lockboxes or Secure Containers: Invest in a secure lockbox or container designed for package deliveries. Some of these are equipped with electronic locks and secure storage compartments.

Notify Law Enforcement: If you notice any suspicious activity or believe your packages have been stolen, report it to the Pelham Police Department immediately.

Participate in Neighborhood Watch Programs: Consider joining or starting a neighborhood watch program to increase security awareness and cooperation among neighbors. Nextdoor is a good tool for this.

Home Security Systems: A comprehensive home security system can help deter thefts and notify you and the authorities if there is a breach.

By following these steps and fostering a sense of community, you can significantly reduce the risk of package theft.