New Haven residents are being told to keep their eyes peeled because packages are being swiped right off the front porches of homes.
The packages are being swiped in the Elm City’s East Rock neighborhood, and the deliveries are being dumped in nearby woods.
The warning always goes out around the holidays when people are shopping and packages are being delivered, but this is a reminder that thieves are targeting deliveries year-round.
Opened cardboard boxes, empty packages and bubble wrap were all found in the woods near the corner of Eagle and Mechanic streets in New Haven on Tuesday.
"When other people want to send gifts I have to tell them not to send them in the mail,” said Julie Nichols of New Haven.
She said her family has had packages swiped from their front porch before, about four or five times.
"It definitely makes me more cautious when I order things, we have a note on the door here for the mailman to leave stuff in the backyard and we try to catch it when we can,” Nichols said.
The most recent package thefts were originally delivered to Lawrence, Bishop and Avon streets.
Pat Vidal said with Yale University students moving in for the new school year, many times they’ll collect their tenants deliveries and hold onto it for them.
"Designate someone that they know that will get them. Since we're home, we usually take them in for the girls, the kids,” Pat Vidal of New Haven said.
In addition to having it delivered to someone you know will be home, police said another option is to get your delivery sent to your work.
A postal worker delivering packages said he’s had children on bikes follow his mail truck before and adds more and more customers are now asking that packages be dropped off behind the house.
A few years ago, Nichols said neighbors started leaving dummy packages on their front steps in which they would leave rocks and bricks in packages.
"I think it probably cuts down on the theft, but I order less stuff or have it sent somewhere else,” Nichols said.
Anyone who sees anything suspicious should call police.
Also, have packages delivered to a back door, your work place, or somewhere where someone will be home.
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