Tips to Prevent Package Theft During the Holidays
Posted on 11/30/2018

We're entering the biggest shopping season of the year. Unfortunately this is also prime season for package thieves. The City of Newcastle reminds you as you're making online purchases over the next few weeks, follow these tips to avoid becoming the victim of package theft.

1. Sign up for delivery alerts so you know when your delivery is scheduled - and when the package has been delivered.

2. If you're not able to be home when a package will be delivered, ask a trusted neighbor to hold it for you.

3. If possible, require a signature for all deliveries.

4. Consider shipping packages to your place of work or use the ship to store option. Ordering through Amazon? Take advantage of the Amazon Locker located at Safeway.

Did you know you can arrange to pick up your FedEx package at the Newcastle Safeway? Not going to be home? Not a problem. Request to have online order shipments or other packages securely held for pickup. More details about that FedEx service: https://www.fedex.com/en-us/shipping/onsite.html

(Thanks to Councilmember Carol Simpson for suggesting this one!)

5. Be a good neighbor! If you see a package on your neighbor's doorstep, reach out and ask if they would like you to hold it until they are home. 

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