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U.S. Postal Service letter carrier Michael McDonald gathers mail to load into his truck in Atlanta in this February 2013 file photo. Decatur police say you should consider secure options when having packages delivered this holiday season. 

David Goldman, Associated Press

DECATUR — Police want to remind residents of other options when having packages delivered to their homes, following the largest online shopping day ever, said George D. Kestner, Decatur police crime prevention officer.

“(Stolen packages are) not a big problem. We like to stay ahead of it,” Kestner said.

The police have received three reports of theft so far this year and receive about that number annually; sometimes they have as many as 10 per year, he said.

“We all are guilty of complacency. We want to make sure they know there are all kinds of options, so many other options than having it delivered to their front porch," Kestner said.

Some suggestions would be to have packages delivered to the UPS store or a secure location such as an Amazon Locker. Another option is choosing to have a signature required for delivery of the package, he said.

Kestner also suggested tracking the package on a computer or smartphone to know the exact time it arrives at someone’s residence, so they can either pick it up or recognize it may have been stolen.

Another suggestion for holiday travelers is to put a vacation hold on the mail so a package won’t be delivered until the resident returns, Kestner said.

Residents can contact the police department with questions about how to keep packages safe, Ketsner said, (217) 424-2711.


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