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Having Gifts Delivered? Brick Police Recommend Anti-Theft Precautions

A gift delivery box at a doorstep. (Photo: Chris Harrison/Flickr)

A gift delivery box at a doorstep. (Photo: Chris Harrison/Flickr)

Are those Christmas gifts you ordered online about ready to be delivered? If so, you may want to take a few extra steps to make sure they don’t end up in the hands of a thief instead of your loved ones this season.

Brick police recently issued a number of tips to help keep packages secure.

  • Ask for a tracking number. Most major shipping companies offer this service at no charge. This number allows you to track your packages and notifies you when they will be delivered.
  • Request a “Signature Delivery Option”.
  • Request a specific drop off time and date when you will be home to accept your package.
  • Arrange to have your package held at the shipping service so you can pick them up at your convenience. 
  • Ask the delivery service to leave your packages at a side or back door.
  • Have your packages delivered to your workplace if your employer allows this.
  • Have your package delivered to the home of a relative or trusted neighbor.
  • Ask to have your packages delivered to a retail store so you can pick them up at your convenience.
  • If your packages do not arrive as scheduled, contact the sender immediately.

If you suspect that your package was stolen, contact the police department at 732-262-1100.

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