If you are expecting a holiday package delivery, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) wants you to reduce the chance of theft.
Omaha Postal Inspector Dave Margritz says do not leave packages sitting outside too long.
“If you know a package is coming, if you have a trusted neighbor, have them grab it or have it directed to them,” Margritz tells Nebraska Radio Network. “If your workplace allows it, a lot of times people have packages sent to their workplace.”
The goal, according to the USPIS is to minimize the attractiveness of your package, in case someone’s driving through a neighborhood, examining front porches.
Margritz says you can leave a small note at your door, directing the carrier to leave the package out of sight or with a neighbor.
“A small note wouldn’t be visible from the street, so it’s not like a potential thief would see it and go up and read it,” he says. “You can have a conversation with your carrier or call your delivery supervisor at the station that delivers your mail to let them know where you want packages left.”
Another option is holding a package for pickup or putting a hold on all your mail while you are gone for the holidays.
If you see suspicious activity around mailboxes during the holidays, Margritz says you should call the inspector’s office or police.
The best way to report one of your stolen packages is on the U.S. Postal Service website.
“It has the ability to do mail theft reports online. It gets all the information in there. It gets into our system and we see that,” Margritz explains. “Put as much information as you know about what the package was.”
A small, home security camera helps them investigate thefts.
“A lot of times, those are really clear videos and we might know the person if they’re a recidivist or we can help identify them. If you have the ability and wherewithal to buy a camera system and install it, and have it pointed at your front door or porch or wherever a package may be left, that’s an incredible investigative lead, if something bad does happen.”