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Reminder to Residents Following Multiple Reports of Doorstep Thefts

Alert message sent 15/06/2020 15:23:00

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Police are reminding residents to be vigilant with deliveries of essentials and parcels following a number of reports of parcels being stolen from doorsteps across the Force area.

Recently, there has been a number of reported thefts of doorstep food deliveries in the Saltburn area.

Officers are offering advice to those ordering parcels online and using contactless delivery for essentials in a bid to prevent further thefts:

- If available, use the courier’s time slot service. Many couriers give an option of available delivery times or offer a time window of the anticipated delivery.
- Try to arrange your parcel delivery to a date and time when you know you will be at home. Some retailers offer a selected delivery date when ordering.
- If you know that you won’t be in to collect your parcel, consider having it set to be delivered to a safe place or your local delivery depot.
- Check with your employer as to whether you can have parcels delivered to your works address.
- Consider using a local delivery locker that will store your parcel until you can collect it.
- Request that the delivery driver ensures you collect your deliveries before they depart, if you are aware of the delivery time slot.
- If you are unable to divert your parcel, consider installing a CCTV camera with a clear view of outside your home to record any movement and potentially deter thieves.

You can find more Crime Prevention advice on our website at www.cleveland.police.uk.

Anyone with information of doorstep thefts or any other crime is asked to contact Cleveland Police on the non-emergency number 101. You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

 
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