North Vancouver RCMP are warning the community about porch pirates and what police say call an early start to holiday-level thieving in North Vancouver.
North Van RCMP urge caution after receiving more reports of package theft than usual for this time of year.
“We are seeing an increase in mail and package thefts earlier than expected this year,” says Cst. Kelly McIntyre of the North Vancouver RCMP.
“There are steps you can take to help keep deliveries safe and we encourage everyone to report any suspicious activity and stolen deliveries to police.”
If you see something suspicious, or have had mail or packages stolen, please contact the North Vancouver RCMP.
In an emergency, call 9-1-1. For non-emergencies, please call 604-985-1311 or visit the online crime reporting page.
Here are some tips by North Van RCMP on how to keep deliveries safe
Talk to your family, friends and neighbours about package thefts and look out for one another
Install a motion activated spotlight
Post a warning sign that the premises is under surveillance
Install a parcel box near your door
Install a front door security camera or video doorbell
Keep your front porch clear and well-lit
If you live in a building, do not let strangers in via intercom, by holding the door open for them or by giving them access to different floors
While ordering, consider…
Requesting that the box be nondescript
Sending packages to a secure location (work, pick up location)
Requiring a signature
Providing delivery instructions (i.e. to leave the package in a specific location so it is out of sight)
Asking the person you are shipping a package to where they would like it sent and if there are any specific instructions
After ordering, consider…
Tracking your deliveries and picking them up as soon as possible