Every holiday season, police agencies experience a rise in reports of package theft. The Oakdale Police Department would like to remind our residents to be aware and mindful of these types of crimes and to take steps to prevent them.
Here are some tips to help keep your deliveries safe and secure:
Take advantage of package tracking.
Keep tabs on your package. When you see that a package has arrived, immediately remove it from outside of your residence when possible.
Install a video doorbell.
This can be the most popular deterrent to protect your home. Several different companies provide reasonably priced options.
Have your package delivered to Amazon Lockers.
Many times, you cannot control when your package will be delivered. However, major companies like Amazon provide convenient ways like Amazon lockers to protect your packages.
Require a signature at delivery.
Most delivery companies will give you the option to require a signature upon delivery of your package. This is the safest way to ensure your package is not stolen.
Advertise you have a home security system.
Consider installing a security system. If you cannot afford a security system itself, placing a sign that advertises you have one may help deter many thefts and burglaries.
As a reminder, if you observe any suspicious activity in your neighborhood, please call 911 immediately.