NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– New Haven police want you to know about a disturbing new strategy thieves are using to target your holiday packages.
“One of the things we found that has been disturbing in this is that people are actually following the delivery company trucks,” said Officer David Hartman.
Alex Werrell had a package stolen from his doorstep on Wooster Street. The porch pirate came when he wasn’t home.
“It was irritating. I was at a friend’s for dinner. I had been there all day and came home and it was marked as delivered but it was gone,” Werrell said.
The New Haven Police Department says the crime trend increases during the holidays. Hartman said there are some ways you can decrease your odds of being a victim of a theft.
“If you have a regular work schedule 9-5 where most likely packages are going to be delivered instead of having those packages delivered to your home have them delivered to you at work,” Hartman said.
Hartman said you can also require a signature for delivery. If you’re not home to sign, pick the package up directly from the carrier.
“You can certainly request through any of the courier services DHL, FedEx, UPS, USPS to go to their offices to pick up that packages,” Hartman said.
Werrell said he now lets his neighbors know when a package is being delivered.
“I live in a building with six other people so we keep an eye out for one another. So if I come home for lunch I’ll leave the packages inside,” he said.
Police said the crime is so appealing for would-be crooks because they can grab something of value without using force. “If it’s there and if it’s valuable and if someone can get to it before someone can get to that person it is going to be taken,” Hartman said.