New York, NY—Walk down any block in the two neighborhoods of Sutton Place and Lenox Hill and you’re bound to see a FedEx, UPS or Amazon delivery truck parked with the back doors open and sometimes hundreds of boxes spilling onto the street, with the driver and his/her co-workers sorting them out to deliver to a building’s lobby. At this time of year, those drivers are making multiple deliveries, which presents an opportunity for a thief to pilfer the boxes.
The NYPD 19th Precinct is asking residents to “be good neighbors” and consider bringing packages to neighbors’ doors if you see them left unattended, according to the precinct's Twitter account. Alternatively, the department said you can ask neighbors to secure packages, if you are not available.
The NYPD 19th Precinct suggests several options to make sure that you receive your purchases.
- Select the option to require someone to sign for the package and show their ID.
- Consider providing the shipping address of someone who will be home on the estimated delivery date.
- Place insurance on the package, if costly.
- Leave instructions regarding where you’d like your packages to be delivered.
The New York Times reported last year that in New York City, where more orders are delivered than anywhere else in the country, over 90,000 packages a day are stolen or disappear, which is up roughly 20 percent from four years ago.
So, be sure to stay alert and secure your deliveries.