Daily Hampshire Gazette - Established 1786

Consumer Watchdog

The state’s Office of Consumer Affairs just issued an advisory titled “Tis the Season for Package Thefts.” Here’s its advice about how to prevent deliveries from getting stolen:

Part 1: Choose a shipping option that includes tracking and delivery confirmation and also requires a signature; give specific instructions about where the package should be left; ship packages to your workplace, if your employer permits; ask a neighbor to be on the lookout for deliveries; purchase extra insurance.

Part 2: If you suspect a package has been stolen (or lost), check out-of-the-way spots like hedges and porches; ask neighbors if the package was accidentally delivered to them (or if they saw a package delivered to you); contact the person or business sending the package to make sure it was actually sent; if it was, contact the USPS, UPS, FedEx or other delivery service. Finally, if the package doesn’t turn up, file a police report. And if you paid by credit card, contact your credit card company.

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