Christmas Warning from Barrier Police

A timely warning from the Barrier Police command with just over 60 days to go until Santa makes his way to town, to all those residents, which is many of us these days, online shopping and receiving deliveries.

Here’s how to safeguard their purchases from theft.

According to Police, there are simple strategies to help you stop thieves and keep your deliveries safe:

Home Security Devices: Installing outdoor cameras or a video doorbell can help deter thieves.

If the incident still occurs, you can submit the imagery to police for investigation and use it to prove that to the retailer that your package was stolen.

Adding a motion sensor light can also help to deter thieves because they don’t want to be seen.

Ship to a secure location or click & collect: Australia Post offers a range of ways to safely and securely receive a parcel.

A large number of sellers also offer services such as Parcel Point – which provides a network of local delivery, pick up and return locations all around Australia.

Similarly most stores now offer Click & Collect services for online purchases.

A parcel delivery box at the entryway is a great option for secure package delivery.

They are usually tough, weather resistant and virtually tamper proof.

Request Signature Confirmation of Delivery: If you know someone in your household will be home to answer the door, you can add signature confirmation of your delivery.

Request packages be placed in a secure location. When you order something you may have the opportunity to add a delivery request.

In this place you can note the package should be placed out of plain sight, such as behind a plant, or under porch stairs etc.

The festive season is a time of good cheer and community, but sadly there are still some elements of society that see it as an opportunity to take advantage of their neighbourhood and deprive their fellow residents of precious gifts.

By taking precautions we can minimise the impact these unscrupulous individuals and groups could have on the Christmas period.

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