Nottinghamshire Police warn the public about online shopping thefts across the county as incidences increase coming up to Christmas
Police are reminding online shoppers to be careful about where their Christmas gifts are being delivered after recent reports of parcel thefts.
With Christmas fast approaching, many residents are ordering goods online and having them delivered to their homes.
However, if delivered to your doorstep and left unattended, they can be easily stolen by opportunist thieves.
Nottinghamshire Police has received a spate of reports in recent weeks involving the theft of parcels left outside people’s homes.
- £200 worth of furniture knobs stolen from the outside of a property in Alford Road, West Bridgford, on 3 November;
- A jacket ordered from Zara was stolen from a porch in Waterside Way, Sneinton, on 8 November;
- An Apple iPhone was stolen from a parcel left outside an address in Shelton, near Newark, on 11 November.
- £100 worth of perfume was stolen from a doorstep in Lindfield Road, Broxtowe Estate, Nottingham, on 26 November;
- A kitchen stool worth £62 was stolen from a doorstep in Woodbridge Avenue, Clifton, on 26 November.
With this in mind, we are encouraging everyone to take appropriate action when ordering items online, ensuring they are protected to help prevent parcel theft.
Chief Inspector Chris Pearson, of Nottinghamshire Police, said:
“With more people shopping online, thieves are seeing this as an opportunity to target parcels.
“This type of crime is preventable, and we’re asking everyone to do all that they can to stop this crime happening.
“Ask for your deliveries to be diverted to trusted neighbours or friends if you are not going to be home. If this isn’t possible, attempt to rearrange to a time when you know you will be in or choose to collect it instead.
“We’re asking everyone to work together over the festive period and beyond, to eliminate this type of crime in our communities.”
Here are some things you could do to reduce the risk of parcel theft:
- Track your parcel to ensure you or someone else is at home for the delivery
- Install a video doorbell; this can be connected to your mobile so you are notified immediately of any delivery, and is easier to install than a full CCTV system
- Install a security light and/or CCTV
- Arrange for your parcel to be delivered to a trusted neighbour, or other family members who will be at home.
- Use an off-site locker service for frequent deliveries or expensive items; these parcel boxes are more likely to be in busy, safer locations - such as supermarkets - rather than secluded areas that could be targeted by thieves.
If you have ordered a delivery that has not arrived, first contact the delivery company and sender.
If you think a parcel has been stolen or notice anyone acting suspicious, you can make a report online or by calling 101.
Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.