Residents have reported thieves following delivery trucks and stealing packages as soon as they were dropped off. Outgoing mail has also been found in the street, opened with items missing, police said.
Anyone with information about the stolen packages or with questions can contact the District E-13 Community Service Office at 617-343-5624, or call the Criminal Investigations Unit at 617-343-5628.
- To help residents protect themselves from these crimes, the BPD has released the following tips:
- It is the best policy to require a signature upon delivery of a package. Thus, request that the package be marked signature required
- If you are not going to be home, ask the delivery company to hold the package at their facility/warehouse for pick up
- Ask a family member or a trusted friend, who will be home, if you can have the package delivered to his/her residence
- If it is imperative that the package be delivered to your home, consider a trusted neighbor to pick up the package as soon as it arrives
- You may also have the package delivered to your workplace
- Ask the company for a tracking number confirmation and when the package will arrive.
- If you are at home, take custody of your packages and mail as soon as they arrive
- If possible, insure your packages
- If you think that your package has been stolen or lost, check outside and around your residence. You may also check with your neighbors or call the company to confirm that it was sent to you. If your inquiries have no results, file a police report with your local police department or with the post office if sent by mail