Crime Prevention advice – Doorstep theft

Crime Prevention advice – Doorstep theft.

Please be aware as we get nearer to Christmas more parcels are being delivered and left on our doorsteps Doorstep thefts occur when a parcel has been delivered to your home address and stolen from where it was left by the delivery driver, usually near to your front door. This is a growing trend across London, as thieves are simply taking advantage of the opportunity to steal unattended parcels.

Consider the following steps in order to reduce your chances of being the target of doorstep theft:

 Track your parcel to ensure you or someone else is at home upon delivery

 Install a video doorbell; this can connect to a mobile phone to alert you immediately of any delivery and may be easier to install than a full CCTV system

 Install a security light

 Have your parcel delivered to trusted neighbours or other family members who will be at home; if you live in a flat, is there a concierge who could accept the parcel for you?

 Use an off-site locker service for frequent or high value orders; these parcel boxes are more likely to be in busy, safer locations – such as supermarkets – rather than secluded areas which could be targeted by thieves

Author: Paul Middleton

Paul is a Ward Councillor for St. Andrews & Hornchurch Resident's Association Executive member.

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