Protecting your holiday packages from theft


THEIVES TARGETING PACKAGES DURING THE HOLIDAYS.. ARE HITTING EARLY THIS YEAR. AND POLICE ARE SPREADING THE WORD áNOW. HI EVERYONE, I’M DARREN KRAMER. AND I’M ANN NYBERG. THERE IS NEW TECHNOLOGY OUT THAT CAN HELP KEEP THOSE PACKAGE THEIVES AWAY. NEWS 8’S BOB WILSON HAS YOUR BACK TONIGHT..HE’S LIVE IN HARTFORD, WITH TIPS ON PROTECTING YOUR PURCHASES. BOB… 3 3 FROM THE FRONT STEP TO THE SIDE YARD… PACKAGES, BOXES EVEN THE WREATH RIGHT ON YOUR DOOR… WHAT FEDEX OR UPS DELIVERS THIEVES CAN SNATCH. BITE 1″WHAT KIND OF THINGS DO YOU ORDER ONLINE? SHOES CLOTHES.”RECOGNIZE THIS GUY? VERNON POLICE SAY HE STOLE A PACKAGE OFF THIS PORCH OVER THE WEEKEND. IT’S HAPPENING AROUND THE STATE FROM THE SHORELINE TO MIDDLETOWN AND MERIDEN. THIS YEAR IS NO EXCEPTION, HOLIDAY SHOPPING SEEMS TO BE STARTING EARLIER AND EARLIER AND SO TO THE THIEVES.LT. WILLIAM MEYER VERNON PDBITE 3EITHER HAVE THE PACKAGE SHIPPED TO YOUR WORK IF THEY ALLOW THAT, OR HAVE IT SHIPPED TO A TRUSTED FAMILY MEMBER OR FRIEND WHO IS HOME DURING THE DAY AND CAN EXCEPT THE PACKAGE. SOME STORES WILL ALLOW YOU TO PICK IT UP IN STORE.STAND UPPOLICE SAY IN THIS CASE, THE HOMEOWNER HAD AN EXCELLENT SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM IN PLACE. AS A MATTER FACT THERE ARE FOUR OR FIVE CAMERAS ON THE PREMISE. HE GOT A GREAT IMAGE AND THEY ARE MAKING HEADWAY TO MAKE AN ARREST. HOWEVER THEY SAY THERE ARE A LOT OF OPTIONS OUT THERE TO CHOOSE FROM AND THERE ARE EVEN SOME INEXPENSIVE OPTIONS. THE BOTTOM LINE YOU WANT TO GET ONE THAT IS HIGH-QUALITY AND IN THIS CASE THE IMAGE IS SENT RIGHT TO YOUR PHONE SO WHEN SOMEONE APPROACHES YOUR DOORSTEP EVEN IF YOU’RE NOT HOME THEY WILL LET YOU KNOW TO BE ON THE ALERT SOMEBODY’S ON YOUR DOORSTEP.”LT. WILLIAM MEYERVERNON PDBITE 4″I JUST CAUTION MAKE SURE YOU GET A CAMERA SYSTEM THAT HAS A GOOD ENOUGH RESOLUTION SO IT WILL BE USEFUL FOR IDENTIFICATION.” NEST CAM, PIPER AND CANARY ARE SOME OF THE UNITS THEY COST AROUND $200… BUT THE BEST TIP, JUST DON’T LEAVE THE PACKAGE OUT IN THE OPEN. UPS DROP A PACKAGE AT THIS HOUSE, AND BY THE TIME WE WENT UP TO TALK TO THE OWNER ABOUT IT. THE PACKAGE WAS ALREADY INSIDE. STEVE SCARAMELLA VERNON”MY GIRL, SHE DOESN’T WANT TO MISS ANY GOODIES THAT YOU ORDERED FOR CHRISTMAS. SO YOU GUYS KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR THE PACKAGES? YES SHE ACTUALLY IS A MAIL CARRIER SO SHE DELIVERS PACKAGES HERSELF, SHE GETS IT.” 3

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