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Help prevent package theft

Help prevent package theft

The theft of packages from front porches has risen in recent years.

The Lakewood Sheriff's Station offers these tips to help thwart the thefts:

  • Choose a shipping option that requires you to sign for delivery.

  • Check delivery status online so you canbe home when the package arrives. Some retailers even offer text messages to your cell phone to alert you when items have been delivered.

  • Ask the delivery service to hold your package for customer pick-up at their local shipping facility.
  • Arrange to have the package shipped to another location where someone can receive it. This could be your workplace, a friend or relative‚Äôs home, or even the local "mailbox" business that may agree to accept shipment of your item for a fee.

If you do not receive your shipment on time, check with the company of origin and confirm the delivery. If the item was delivered and you did not receive it, report the theft or loss to the original company, the shipping company, and the Lakewood Sheriff's Station at 562-623-3500.

Many of these crimes occur during broad daylight. As always, be alert about suspicious behavior in your neighborhood, especially if you see a delivery truck making the rounds and a vehicle following behind or unfamiliar subjects on foot. If you see something, say something.

Call the Lakewood Sheriff's Station at 562-623-3500 to report this type of suspicious activity or call 9-1-1 if you observe a crime in progress.

Get as much information as you can about the type of vehicle, color, make/model and license plate. If you can, provide descriptive information about the person or persons in the vehicle, such as age, hair color, clothing description and color, and distinguishing features like facial hair, tattoos, height, or anything else you think may help the deputies catch them.