Holiday Mail and Package Theft

Published: 11/30/2016

Holidays are fast approaching, and with that we historically see an increase in the amount of package and mail theft being reported throughout Douglas County. Thieves have been known to either follow the mail trucks hoping to find gift cards, cash and packages, or they look for mail boxes with flags up ready for pickup and remove the outgoing cards and mail being sent. 

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is asking residents to be aware of the increasing number of mail thefts in our community and to take the following precautions to prevent becoming a victim: 

If you’re expecting packages, ask a trusted neighbor to watch for deliveries and agree to pick up your items if you are not home. Always be watchful for strangers going onto porches for no apparent reason or suspicious people following delivery trucks.

When ordering online from a big-box store request purchases shipped to the local store for pickup. With other online shopping, if being shipped via UPS or FedEx, check if you can have your packages available for pick up at the FedEx or UPS store in Roseburg instead of being delivered to your home.

Track deliveries on line and request an email or text notification when a package has been delivered. Insure you get your package by requesting a signature confirmation of delivery. 

Another option is to provide delivery instructions to let the carrier know that you prefer that packages not be left on your doorstep if no one is available to receive them; request the carrier leave a notice to reschedule the delivery.

Home security camera systems that notify via your smart phone that someone is at your front door, is an option that you might consider investing in. These notifications can alert you that packages have been delivered or that there is suspicious activity occurring.

Avoid using residential mailboxes to mail payment for bills or to send greeting cards. The red flag sticking up is an invitation to a thief. When mailing anything containing account numbers, personal information, gift cards or checks, take them to your local post office or hand deliver them to your postal worker. 

Promptly remove mail from your mailbox, especially if you're expecting checks, credit cards, or other negotiable items. If you won't be home when mail is expected, ask a trusted friend or neighbor to pick up your mail daily.

Consider getting a PO Box to use for residential mail. Another suggestion is to purchase a locked mailbox or convert your unlocked box to a lockable type.

Often, people do not know that they have been a victim of mail theft until they find unauthorized charges made to their credit cards or bank accounts, receive overdue bill notices, or their mail is found far from home. If you see mail strewn along the roadside, witness suspicious vehicles or people stopping at mailboxes, or if you suspect you have been a victim of mail theft….REPORT IT IMMEDIATELY to your local law enforcement agency.