HOBOKEN, NJ - As residents are working from home and/or self-quarantining due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many are relying more and more on package delivery. Meanwhile, package theft continues to be a significant criminal enterprise in Hoboken.
Accordign to Hoboken Police, Luis Medina, 40, from Jersey City, forced his way into three residential buildings on three different occasions, using a tool to pry open the door to the lobby area and gain access to packages.
On June 6 at about 3:51 a.m he allegedly hit 12th and Clinton Street. On June 15 at about 6:37 a.m., he reportedly broke into a building at 10th and Madison Street. A few days later, on June 19, police say he burglarized a building at 6th & Adams at about 3:00 a.m.
In each of the instances listed above Medina allegedly opened several packages, removed their contents and placed them into a bag he brought with him.
Detective Paul Quinn, who identified Medina as the suspect, has generated three warrants for his arrest—Burglary, Theft, and Burglar’s Tools. Anyone with information on Luis Medina’s location, please contact Det. Paul Quinn at 201-420-5111 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you see Luis Medina, please do not approach and call your local police department. All callers may remain anonymous. If you believe you were a victim of a package theft please call the Hoboken Police Department at 201-420-2100.
Hoboken Police want to share with residents a number of delivery options and security upgrades that can reduce the number of packages stolen.
If you are Home or Not:
- Ask for a tracking number. This number allows you to track your packages and notifies you when they will be delivered.
- Request a “Signature Delivery Option” so your package is not left unattended at the front door or lobby.
- Request a specific drop off time and date when you will be home to accept your packages.
- Ship your package to a location where they can be received in person, such as a relative or neighbor. If it is an option, ship it to your neighborhood retail store or work.
- Arrange to have your package held at a pick-up facility until you can retrieve it.
- If there are no other options, provide specific instructions about where the package should be left on the property. Choose a location that conceals the item, so it cannot be seen by people walking or driving by.
- Do not have packages delivered while you are going on vacation. Place deliveries on hold until you return from your trip.
- Download the App. Major delivery companies have Apps that will help you with many of the options listed above. Some of these Apps will also alert you of any packages being sent to you by a relative or friend.
- Package thieves like to go window shopping. Designate an area in your lobby that is out of view from the outside or consider frosting the windows to your main entrance.
- Consider a latch guard for you door. This makes it difficult to pry a door open. And ensure that all security measures that are available on your door are being used.
- Doorbell cameras or surveillance cameras in your lobby are a great deterrent as well. They aren't only a deterrent, but they can provide video evidence of a crime that can help police in their investigations as well.
- A well-lighted front entrance and lobby area. Many package thefts are occurring during the overnight hours.
- Retrieve your package right away. Do not allow packages to pile up. The longer you leave it unattended; the higher the chance the package will be stolen.
- Try Teaming up with a trustful neighbor to pick up each other’s packages.
- Be alert and report all crime and suspicious activity. If you are a victim of a package theft, report it right away.
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