Law enforcement, delivery workers offer tips for avoiding thefts

Law enforcement, delivery workers offer tips for avoiding package thefts

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"If you know a family member, friend, neighbor who usually doesn't work, who is typically at home, you can ask them if you can have your package shipped to their residence," said Katy Davis with the Knox County Sheriff's Office. "If you know a family member, friend, neighbor who usually doesn't work, who is typically at home, you can ask them if you can have your package shipped to their residence," said Katy Davis with the Knox County Sheriff's Office.
The United States Postal Service estimates that it will deliver 600,000 packages this year. The United States Postal Service estimates that it will deliver 600,000 packages this year.
"The best way is to know a package is coming," said David McGill with the United States Postal Service. "Usually with the online service and the e-mail notification, most people have a general idea it's coming." "The best way is to know a package is coming," said David McGill with the United States Postal Service. "Usually with the online service and the e-mail notification, most people have a general idea it's coming."

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Thieves will be out in force this holiday season and one of their newest targets is online purchases.

The United States Postal Service estimates that it will deliver 600,000 packages this year. A few of those packages won't reach their final destination.

Across the nation, criminals are stealing packages after they are dropped off at the homes of customers.

Law enforcement agencies said there are several things you can do to prevent from becoming a victim.

"If you know a family member, friend, neighbor who usually doesn't work, who is typically at home, you can ask them if you can have your package shipped to their residence," said Katy Davis with the Knox County Sheriff's Office.

Davis said she is not aware of any reports of stolen packages in Knox County, but that should not stop people from taking precautions.

"We aren't exempt to any crime certainly, so with the trend of ordering online and having packages delivered, I can see where it's a possibility," said Davis.

The Knoxville Police Department also said they had not received any reports of package thefts.

The workers that deliver the packages also have tips for customers.

"The best way is to know a package is coming," said David McGill with the United States Postal Service. "Usually with the online service and the e-mail notification, most people have a general idea it's coming."

McGill is the station manager at the post office off of Cedar Bluff Road. He said package thefts do happen in Knoxville.

"It is rare in particular areas," he said. "It is a little more prominent in some areas."

McGill said if you are missing a package, it is important to report it to law enforcement. He said only one out of every ten people report a package theft.

For those who do not have a neighbor or relative to leave their package with, he recommends having the parcel delivered to a workplace.

Delivery companies 6 News spoke with said they also make sure to train their drivers to be aware of their surroundings.

"Our drivers are trained to look for issues, if people are following them," said FedEx spokesperson Scott Fiedler.

Customers are also encouraged to find a place on their front porches for packages, so the boxes will not be visible from the road.
   
Many companies also provide a signature service, which requires that someone sign for the item.

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