Police advise residents on ways to make delivery safe

If you're expecting a package to be delivered at home, beware.

Someone has stolen several delivered packages from front porches of at least four homes in Southwest and Northwest Gresham.

A woman on Wednesday, Dec. 7, reported finding several open and empty UPS and FedEx boxes in her driveway in the 2900 block of Southwest Willow Parkway. One of the boxes should have contained a coffee maker that was to be delivered that day. The other boxes were not hers.

Police contacted the people whom the other boxes were supposed to be delivered to in the 3100 block of Southwest 23rd Street, the 3200 block of Southwest 22nd Court and the 1800 block of Northwest 16th Court to tell them that their packages were stolen.

Law enforcement agencies across the Portland-metro area are seeing a rash of such thefts. This week, Washington County detectives arrested a man and a woman for allegedly following UPS and FedEx trucks and stealing delivered packages.

Police in North Portland also arrested a woman on Thursday, Dec. 15, for allegedly stealing boxes off porches.

Sgt. Claudio Grandjean, Gresham Police Department spokesman, said people should have packages delivered to the delivery service's center. Sure, it's more of a hassle to pick it up, but it's safer, he said.

'Neighbors looking out for each other also can be very helpful,' he said. He suggests neighbors talk to each other and see if it is OK to hold on to each other's packages until someone is home to receive them.

Other tips include:

• Choose a shipping option that requires you to sign for delivery.

• Check delivery status online, so you can try to be home when the package arrives. Some retailers offer text message alerts when items have been delivered.

• Post a note on your door on the expected day of arrival asking that the package be left with a trusted neighbor.

• Arrange to have the package shipped to your workplace or a friend or relative's home where someone can receive it.

• If the package is late, check with the company it is from and confirm delivery.

• Pay attention to suspicious activity in your neighborhood, especially if you see a vehicle following a delivery truck.

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