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Evanston police have issued a warning to residents about thefts of packages delivered to your door during the holiday season.

Thieves, they say, often follow or watch for delivery trucks, such as UPS, FedEx, and U.S. Mail. Then they snatch the packages shortly after delivery.

To minimize the possibility of this happening to you, they offer these delivery safety tips:

Choose a shipping option that requires a signature.

Track delivery status online.  Many retailers have this online feature and some will send an alert to your cell phone when items have been delivered.

Arrange to have your package shipped to another location where someone can receive it directly.

If you know you will not be home to receive the package, leave a note with special instructions asking the delivery service to leave the package with a trusted neighbor. 

As a last resort, have the delivery service hold your package for customer pick-up.

If you’re home all day, police urge you to let them know if you see any of the following activity:

A suspicious person standing in front of a residence on a cell phone.

Vehicles circling a neighborhood and/or following delivery trucks.

Delivery personnel demanding that you open the door to receive your package.

Suspicious persons attempting to gain entry into a condo or apartment complex by posing as a delivery person.

Always look out for your neighbor and trust your “gut” instinct when it comes to suspicious situations or persons, police advise.

If you suspect criminal activity,they would like you to call 9-1-1 immediately. You can also text-a-tip anonymously 24 hours per day at 274637 (CRIMES). Text “EPDTIP” and the message body for anonymous tips to help prevent and/or solve a criminal offense.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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