The Village of Barrington Police Department has issued a quick list of package theft prevention tips to help you protect those online gift orders when they arrive at your doorstep this holiday season.
Local police say packages left at your front door quickly catch the eye of potential thieves and offer criminals that “Crime of Opportunity” they are looking for. They say there has not been an increase in package thefts reported, but are sharing the following tips to help reduce your chances of becoming a victim of this crime.
Package Theft Prevention Tips
- Ask for a tracking number.
This number allows you to track your packages and notifies you when they will be delivered.
- Request a “Signature Delivery Option”.
This requires a signature when the package is delivered.
- Have Packages Held.
Arrange to have your packages held at the shipping company customer service center.
- Choose a Different Door.
Ask the delivery service to leave your packages at a side or back door.
- Ask a Relative or Neighbor.
Have your packages delivered to a relative or neighbor who will be home for delivery.
- Keep a Watchful Eye.
Ask a trustworthy neighbor to keep a “Watchful Eye” out for your packages. If they’re willing, ask them to hold your packages until you return
Officers are being watchful for packages as they patrol Village of Barrington neighborhoods. They might even move packages to your side or back door for you and leave a crime prevention note to discourage thefts.
The men and women of the Barrington Police Department serve the Village of Barrington, Illinois, a community of approximately 10,300 residents in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Headquartered at 400 N. Northwest Highway in Barrington, the department is divided into three divisions, consisting of Patrol, Investigations and Administration. Some officers also belong to specialty teams such as; Major Crimes Assistance Team, Major Crash Assistance Team, Northern Illinois Police Alarm System and Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System.
The police department’s mission is to deliver quality law enforcement services to Village of Barrington residents & businesses and to provide a safe and secure environment that fosters a sense of security in person, property & mind. Partnering with the community, the police department provides the Village of Barrington with a full range of services including patrol operations, criminal investigations and juvenile investigations, traffic and parking enforcement, crime prevention education, and community policing.
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