Beware of Package Thieves in Woodhaven

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We are hearing an increased number of thefts of packages from people’s front porches over the past few months. For the thief, it’s an easy score. He (or she) can follow a delivery truck and wait to see when a package is left on the porch because the intended recipient is not home. They wait until the truck pulls away, run onto the porch, and take your stuff.

Look at how brazen they are – this was sent to us this week from a resident of Woodhaven. This theft took place on 90th Avenue, between 78th & 80th streets and took far less time than it took the rightful owner to order their goods:

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Broad daylight – walking on to your porch – walking away with your goods.

So what can we do about it?

For starters, notify the 102nd Precinct. Fill out a form. Do what you need to do to get this theft on file and notify the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association (email: info@woodhaven-nyc.org, Phone 718-296-3735).

Even if it wasn’t an expensive item that got stolen; even if the company that sent it will replace it — report it. This will help the police develop a pattern (time, day, location) in order to try and catch these people.

You can also do something else that’s foolproof, and that’s to make sure you don’t have packages left on your porch.

  1. Signature Required. When placing an order, you can give shipping instructions telling them that you do not want packages left on your porch – that they should be delivered directly into a live person’s hands who has to sign for it.
  2. Track or Schedule Delivery. Ask for a tracking number so you can track your packages to try to be home at the time of delivery, or try to schedule shipment for a day you expect to be home.
  3. Deliver Elsewhere. If you are not home a lot, perhaps you can have your packages delivered to a nearby friend who is home during the day (again, stating that it should be delivered to a live person).  Or, you can even have it delivered to where you work!

It’s better to take these preventative measures than to have your items stolen and have to post pictures of the thieves in hopes they will be caught (like the one below, another one from Woodhaven).

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We hope to hear about some of these thieves being apprehended soon!

 

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