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Thieves Targeting Unattended Packages at Mount Vernon Area Homes

Thefts are on the rise, police say.

The Mount Vernon District has recently seen a rash of thefts of packages left on porches, according to Fairfax County police.

The thefts affect packages delivered by the U.S. Postal Service and package delivery service companies. Shipping companies often no longer require signatures for deliveries, and valuable items are left unsecured on front porches.

Police are urging local residents to plan ahead if they know a package will be delivered while they are away from home, out of town or even at work. Officers have suggested the following tips to secure packages as soon as possible:

  • Have the package delivered to your work address (if allowed by your employer).
  • Have the shipping company hold the package at a local distribution hub for in-person pick-up.
  • Have a trusted neighbor ready to bring the package inside soon after delivery.

Valuable packages left in plain sight are not only tempting targets for thieves, but they also provide prowlers with a good indication that no one is home, police said.

DAVE April 11, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Might want to give a few places where this has occurred. People are much more likely to pay attention if it's happening down the street instead of across town.
Rachel Leonard (Editor) April 11, 2012 at 10:32 PM
DAVE, the police say there's not exactly certain locations ... they just seem to pop up in different areas from time to time.
Kelly Berryman April 12, 2012 at 11:36 AM
One of the problems is the many of the shipping companies are no longer ringing doorbells when they deliver the packages either. I have been home and discovered packages that I had no idea had been delivered.

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