Christmas is fast approaching, and it is likely that many of us will be ordering more goods online and having them delivered to our homes.
With this in mind, Greater Manchester Police would like to encourage everyone to take appropriate action when ordering items online, ensuring they are protected to help prevent parcel theft.
Parcel theft is particularly prevalent in communal post areas of residential buildings. If you live in a flat/apartment or student halls, please be aware of who you are letting through the gate and into the building when entering, as thieves can often tailgate residents to gain access and carry out thefts.
The impact of this crime should not be underestimated, especially at this time of year when many parcels being delivered are Christmas gifts for family, friends and loved ones.
Below is some practical advice to help reduce the risk of parcel theft:
• If you have ordered something of high value or if you want to ensure that your items aren’t left unattended, you can request a signature on delivery
• Try to book a delivery slot for a time when you know someone will be at home
• Track your parcel to ensure someone will be at home for the delivery
• If you're not going to be at home for the delivery, arrange for your parcel to be delivered to a trusted neighbour, family member or friend
• Consider installing a video doorbell; this can be connected to your mobile, so you are notified immediately of any delivery
• If you live in a flat/apartment or student halls, be aware of who you are letting in the gate and building when entering your accommodation. Thieves can often tailgate residents into buildings to gain access and carry out thefts
• If you live in a flat/apartment or student halls, is there a concierge who could accept the parcel for you?
• Use an off-site locker service for frequent deliveries, or for expensive items; these parcel boxes are more likely to be in busy, safer locations - such as supermarkets - rather than secluded areas which could be targeted by thieves
If you have ordered a delivery which has not arrived, first contact the delivery company. If you think a parcel has been stolen or notice anyone acting suspicious, you can make a report online at www.gmp.police.uk or by calling 101. Always dial 999 if it’s an emergency. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.