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Bring In Your Packages Before They Disappear

This is the time of year when deliveries left at your front door could find themselves in other hands. There are ways to protect yourself.

Holiday shopping apparently takes place in other locations besides the mall and local shops—such as your front porch.

According to the United States Postal Service, this is the time of year when packages left behind by delivery services and even the local mailman often disappear. In various California cities lately there have been reports of packages being allegedly stolen from the homes of people waiting for them.

The U.S. Postal Service reports it is geared up and ready for a projected 365 million holiday packages this year, a 20 percent increase over last year. 

It offers these four tips to help you protect yourself and your packages:

1. Ask a friend of family member to pick up the pending packages.

2. Ask the company delivering the package to hold it at the post office or delivery center.

3. Have packages delivered at your place of work

4. Do not leave packages out for a lengthy amount of time; pick them up as soon as possible should you choose to leave them at the front door. 

Fun Mail Delivery Facts:

While these methods may not be common in our area, check out these unusual delivery methods according to the USPS web site.

  • Most Unusual Delivery Method — mule trains in Arizona. Each mule carries about 130 pounds of mail, food, supplies and furniture down the 8-mile trail to the Havasupai Indians at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, averaging 41,000 pounds per week.
  • Another Unusual Delivery Method — by boat in Michigan. The JW Westcott is a 45-foot contract mail boat out of Detroit that delivers mail to passing ships in the Detroit River. The JW Westcott has its own ZIP Code — 48222.
  • Another Unusual Delivery Method — dock-to-dock delivery on the Magnolia River in Alabama. A 17-foot mail boat delivers to 180 dock-side mailboxes on a 29-mile stretch of the river.

(Source: USPS.com)

Andrew D. Bernstein December 16, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Good advice. We had the contents of a package stolen from outside our front door this week. During the middle of the day. People are desperate which is very sad.
Lynda December 16, 2012 at 04:54 PM
It would help if the delivery driver would ring the bell or knock on the door. I have a bannister and flower bed they could place it hidden behind. I am home all day, no knock on the door, no ringing of the bell and then he places it right in front of the door for the whole world to see. So I blame alot of this on the delivery companies, they don't care if I get my stuff or not, just laziness on their part.
Ian December 16, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Good advice, and interesting info about mail delivery methods.
Lorraine Pozniak December 16, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Good thing our mailman rings the bell when something won't fit in the mailbox and doesn't require a signature...I'm usually home and take stuff in right away, because he's gone, like a flash, while the doorbell is still ringing...lol...
ylg December 16, 2012 at 09:44 PM
It would help if the delivery person at least left the package at the correct address. Twice recently, I have had my packages delivered to the wrong address. I was lucky. One, the person sent it back and one the person called my phone number on the outside of the package.
CM December 16, 2012 at 11:49 PM
I have been very fortunate, I order on line all the time and the US Postal Service has always come through. One tip, I always ask the shipper to send me the tracking #, I then go to USPS.com and track the package, you can ask for email or text notification when the package arrives at the post office in the morning and you know it will be delivered that day . It works great! Thanks USPS!
Matt E. Valenzuela December 16, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Delivery personnel, as a whole, are conscientious about delivering packages. Whether it's FedEx or UPS, etc., they always find creative ways to hide your delivery to prevent thievery. I was expecting a package and when I tracked it, it was noted down as delivered. When I called and talked to the driver, he said, "Oh, yea, it was raining so I put your package inside your BBQ grill." I now get all deliveries at the UPS Store at 530 Los Angeles Ave. The only problem now is figuring out the correct street name. Is it plain old Los Angeles, West Los Angeles, or New Los Angeles??? Go figure. Matt E. Valenzuela Moorpark, CA
Gcstarr December 16, 2012 at 11:57 PM
I never have anything delivered this time of year.
ylg December 17, 2012 at 07:27 AM
i just wanted to add, I have had nothing but excellent service from USPS and great service from FEDEX.
Keepalowprofile December 17, 2012 at 11:29 AM
UPS has the best looking drivers.
Tom Brown December 17, 2012 at 12:43 PM
I doubt that there are more than a few people committing this type of crime in Elk Grove. Why can't EGPD catch them?
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Micki Curtis December 29, 2012 at 04:25 PM
We had a package stolen this week in front of our door (US Mail=felony). It was a gift for our 6 year old. I hope the thief enjoys reading 1st grade books.
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