During the holiday season, the Swampscott Police Department advises residents to be aware of delivery packages being stolen from homes, locked and unlocked vehicles.
Last week, the police department’s Facebook page posted a list of tips to protect residents from theft, which tends to rise during the holiday season, according to Sergeant Tim Cassidy of the Swampscott Police. The social media reach out has been going on for the last few years, he said.
“Every year around this time, thefts, house break ins, shoplifting, and stolen purses at the mall tend to pick up for the next month or so,” said Cassidy. “We created the tips based on our past experiences of knowing what to do and what to look for.”
The police department advises residents to request the delivery of packages via a signature to ensure it will not be left in a vulnerable area; track your package online, so you have a better idea when it is scheduled to arrive; with the U.S. Postal Service delivering packages seven days a week through the holidays, request that your packages arrive on a weekend day if you plan on being home; have your packages delivered to your work address or to a neighborhood friend or family member who would be home, in the event that you are not; and bring packages into your home or keep in the trunk area of your vehicle where they are not easily seen.
Cassidy said he hopes the tips can help protect deliveries and ensure residents have a stress free holiday season. The Swampscott Police Department hopes the residents of the town stay safe and enjoy their holiday, he said.
“We hope that people get the word out and hope if they see things, they don’t wait a day before calling us,” said Cassidy. “They need to call us as soon as they see something.”