Evanston police say the risk of package thefts has increased this week after two postal carriers were robbed of keys that give them access to secured vestibules and common areas of condos and apartment buildings.

Cmdr. Ryan Glew says one carrier was robbed about 4:05 p.m. Monday in the 1600 block of Monroe Street by two male blacks in their 30s who displayed a handgun and took his keys.

Then Tuesday just before noon another carrier was robbed by a gunman in the 2400 block of Nathaniel Avenue who struck the postal worker with his fist. That robber was described as a black male wearing a black shirt and light colored pants. The postal worker was treated for minor injuries at a local hospital.

Glew says that to reduce the risk of package thefts residents should

  • Track packages and use delivery alerts.
  • Not leave delivered mail and packages unattended.
  • Add delivery instruction to leave packages in a specified location.
  • Request a signature at delivery.
  • Arrange for delivery to a secured postal box, UPS, or FEDEX store.
  • Work with condo associations or apartment management to increase the security of common areas where packages are delivered.

Anyone with information about the robberies is asked to call the Evanston Police Detective Bureau at 847-866-5040 or Text-a-Tip to CRIMES (274637) and start the message with EPDTIP.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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