CRANFORD, NJ – The holiday season is quickly approaching, with it comes an increase in home package deliveries.

According to the Cranford Police Department, last year they received numerous theft reports pertaining to packages left on front porches.

The department is asking residents to remain extra vigilant; to call the police if they see suspicious cars and people in their neighborhood. The weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas are prime time for package thieves.  

The CPD offers 7 safety tips that can help you prevent packages from being stolen from your front porch:
-Request a “Signature Delivery Option”. This requires a signature when the packages are delivered and ensures they will not be left at the front door
- Request a specific drop off time and date when you will be home to accept your packages
- Arrange to have your packages held at the shipping service so you can pick them up
-Ask the delivery service to leave your packages at a side or back door. An enclosed porch where packages are out of sight is also a good option
-Have your packages delivered to the home of a relative or neighbor who will be there to accept them
-Ask a trustworthy neighbor to keep a “Watchful Eye” out for your packages. If they’re willing, ask them to safeguard your packages until you return home
-Sign up for accounts with the common carriers (USPS, FedEX, and UPS). By signing up for accounts, you can get access to more detailed tracking information and provide special instructions for the drivers. For example; you can provide a neighbor’s address where drivers might try if you’re not home or make requests to hold the package before it goes out for delivery.