Send it safely: Police offer tips for successful holiday package delivery

  • In this Oct. 18, 2010, photo, an Amazon.com package awaits delivery from UPS in Palo Alto, Calif.  AP Photo/Paul Sakuma

Monday, December 04, 2017

SOUTH HADLEY — A South Hadley resident on Laurie Avenue reported a man took a package off her porch Friday morning, according to the South Hadley Police Department. 

Packages left anywhere but a mailbox can be snatched up by a local Grinch — or anyone other than the intended recipient. With so many more boxes being delivered at this time of year, police across the country — and in the Pioneer Valley — are giving tips on how to prevent the problem.

South Hadley and Amherst police departments say residents should make sure they are home when packages arrive.

“Unfortunately, the number of package and gift deliveries that occur during the holiday season is just too great a temptation for those that are looking for a quick score,” the South Hadley Police Department posted on Facebook.

The department asks that residents call police immediately if they see someone suspicious in the neighborhood approaching other people’s mailboxes or porches. Make sure to get the license plate and description of the vehicle, police added.

“If you are having a package delivered, be sure to ask for tracking and delivery alerts so you can arrange to be home when the package arrives, or arrange for a neighbor to get your package,” police said.

The Amherst Police Department shared tips to prevent package theft on Facebook Monday.  

For residents who will not be home throughout the day, the department suggested having packages delivered to the workplace, or asking a trusted friend or family member to pick up the packages when they arrive. Residents can also request packages be placed in a less conspicuous spot, like behind a planter, police added.

Amherst Police said some companies and shippers will offer a service to hold packages at the delivery distribution center for pick-up.

Caitlin Ashworth can be reached at cashworth@gazettenet.com.