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Thieves Steal Deliveries

December 7, 2015

For more information contact:
David Leibman, Public Information Officer, 425-430-7573

Package Thefts Hit Renton

Renton, Washington – Following similar holiday trends across the nation, there have been several thefts of packages from porches in the City of Renton.

The Renton Police Department would like to offer some tips to help prevent these thefts:
Have your packages delivered to a location where they can be received in person, such as a neighbor’s or relative’s house. If your employer allows it, consider having your package delivered to work.

When making a purchase online, if the retailer provides the option, choose a specific delivery time. If purchasing from a larger retailer, consider having your package delivered to a local store for pick-up. Take advantage of delivery alerts so you can be notified when a package arrives at your home. If you are not available to accept delivery, ask a trusted neighbor to take your package inside for safekeeping.

When possible, request the delivery company to hold your package at their closest pick-up facility until you can pick it up. You also can ask the shipper to require a signature confirmation of delivery in order to prevent packages being left when no one is home to sign for them. It is also helpful to provide delivery instructions so packages can be left out of sight from your yard or the road.

Finally, don’t forget to retrieve your delivered packages when you get home in the evening. It’s easy to pull into the garage or enter your home through a side door, and accidentally leave a package out for the night.

Be a good neighbor, and if you see any suspicious activity, please call 911.