Now that you’ve found those great online deals on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, Milpitas police are offering tips for shoppers who don’t want to deal with package theft and mail fraud this holiday season.
Authorities say people should pick up mail immediately after it is delivered. If you are not home, ask a trusted neighbor to watch for packages and pick them up right after delivery. If you share mailboxes in an enclosed area such as apartment complexes or townhomes, ensure all doors are locked when you leave so unauthorized visitors do not have access to the shared space.
Consider adding a mailbox sensor that alerts you when your mailbox is opened or install security cameras with motion detectors that can alert you when a package is delivered.
If you expect a package delivery from FedEx, consider using FedEx Delivery Manager to redirect your delivery to a nearby FedEx office. If you expect a package delivery from UPS, consider using UPS My Choice, to provide specific delivery instructions to the delivery person.
Put a hold on mail when on vacation or out of town. Consider buying a personal package locker for package deliveries. Remember to secure the package locker to your front porch.
Thieves can steal mail from your mailbox in order to get credit card applications and other sensitive data. You can opt-out of receiving credit card and insurance offers by calling 1-888-5OPTOUT. And consider utilizing online statements and online banking to limit the amount of mail you receive. Check your front porch before going to bed for late deliveries. Do not leave packages out overnight.
Police say always call the police if you notice any suspicious activities such as people walking from mailbox to mailbox, people loitering around shared mailboxes, or littered mail on the ground.