BORDENTOWN TOWNSHIP, NJ-- Do you plan on doing most of your holiday shopping online this year? As "Cyber Monday" approaches and shopping gears up, the Bordentown Township Police Department is giving residents some helpful hints to avoid your packages from becoming targets for criminals to steal from your steps or porches.
For shipments using the United States Postal Service:
- Don't leave delivered mail and packages unattended.
- If you're going out of town, put your mail on "hold" at your local Post Office.
- Ship using "Hold for Pickup". Customers can redirect incoming packages shipped via the USPS to their local Post Office.
- Customize the delivery. Customers can provide delivery instructions online and authorize the carrier to leave it in a specified location.
- Secure the shipment using USPS Special Services, such as Signature Confirmation or Registered Mail.
If using a private courier service such as UPS, FedEx, DHL, Amazon, etc.:
- Tracking. Package tracking tells you when your package is delivered.
- Install Security Cameras. Security cameras help keep track of activity at your front door.
- Porch Lock Boxes. Porch lock boxes that delivery drivers can access will protect packages.
- Utilizing Delivery Manager. Many companies offer free delivery manager services that you can use to track packages, redirect packages to convenient locations for pickup, request vacation holds and more.
- Have packages delivered to your workplace/office. Consider having your package delivered to your office or friends’ houses that you trust and will be home to get your package.
- Require signatures for delivery. To prevent your package being stolen off the front porch, side door, back porch, or garage area, ask for signature delivery.
- Insure your upcoming packages. Insuring your precious holiday parcel will guarantee you reimbursement if unfortunately your delivery was stolen or lost before you lay your hand on it.
- Consider using Amazon Locker which is a secure self-service kiosk where you can pick up your package. There is one located at the Petro Truck Stop on Rising Sun Road in Bordentown Township.
As always the BTPD urges residents to report any suspicious vehicles or activity in their neighborhood by calling them at (609) 298-4300, or dialing 911 in case of an emergency.