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’Tis the season for thieves to make off with your packages: Editorial

Posted 11/22/17

We fully support shopping local this holiday season. Heck, the Press & Journal is a local business. We realize how vital it is to buy local.

But we know that even if you do a great job of …

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’Tis the season for thieves to make off with your packages: Editorial

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We fully support shopping local this holiday season. Heck, the Press & Journal is a local business. We realize how vital it is to buy local.

But we know that even if you do a great job of supporting local businesses, many of you will have to patronize other stores to get all the items on your Christmas list.

There have never been more options, of course. Online shopping has changed our habits drastically. Going to brick-and-mortar stores seems so 2001.

A Pew Research Center survey of U.S. adults released during last Christmas season found that 79 percent had made an online purchase of some type. In a June 2000 survey, just 22 percent of Americans had made a purchase online.

But online shopping means your items must be delivered to your home. Thieves are smart. They know when you are sleeping; they know when you’re awake. They know when you are out of the house, so be wise for goodness sake.

Unfortunately, we no longer live in a world where we can trust that our possessions will stay safe. Packages are being taken off of porches and doorsteps with regularity. Read our police blotter items each week and you can see what we mean. One of our most noteworthy reports involved shoes. A pair of designer brand shoes valued at close to $1,000 was reported stolen from a township residence in the 2000 block of Market Street Extended in July. Police said the resident claims the package should not have been delivered without a signature but reportedly FedEx is noted to have stated a signature option was not part of the delivery.

That’s an important lesson: Make sure if you are having packages delivered that you give explicit instructions to the company that is delivering it. There are some excellent tips in our front-page story this week.

It would not be a bad idea to carve out some time Monday, Nov. 27. Middletown police officers will be at a public meeting in the Municipal Building focused on preventing package thefts.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. and is being hosted by the Middletown Quality of Life Neighborhood Watch. Police hope to also have on hand at least one representative from a company that is involved in delivering packages, such as the U.S. Postal Service, UPS or FedEx.

They will also discuss preventing car break-ins. Two simple steps: Lock your car! We shouldn’t have to tell you that in this day and age. Always lock your car when you leave it, even if it’s only for a second. Also, try to keep valuables out of your car to prevent the temptation that thieves have to target your vehicle.

The holidays should be a time of joy. Getting robbed isn’t part of the plan. Read the tips in our front-page story, attend Monday’s meeting, and stay out of our police reports.

Happy shopping!

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