Two arrested for package thefts in Racine

NOW: Two arrested for package thefts in Racine

RACINE, Wis. (CBS 58) -- A warning from Racine Police after two people are arrested for stealing packages. 

Police say a package was stolen from a front porch near West and Arlington Thursday morning. Officers tracked down the suspects and discovered more packages had been stolen from other parts of the city. 

Below are some tips from police to help protect your items this holiday season:

1. Don’t let your packages sit – Monitor when your packages are expected to arrive. Many businesses provide a tracking number so you can see when your package does arrive.

2. Talk to your neighbors – If you have neighbors who are home during the day, consider asking them to collect your packages on the delivery date.

3. Ship to an alternate address – Some companies allow you to ship your packages directly to your place of business. Also, consider shipping your packages to a friend or relative’s home.

4. Ship to the store – Some retailers allow you to ship to a store near you. This may not be as convenient but it does provide security and helps avoid long lines at the register. Some stores even offer special parking near the entrance.

5. Hi-tech solutions – If you order packages all year round, it may be wise to invest in security cameras or mobile apps on your smartphones.

6. Install a package lockbox – A lockbox can be installed on your front porch. Once installed, share your code with your delivery service.

7. Signature on delivery - Consider having your packages delivered only when someone is available to sign for them.

8. Insure your holiday packages – Package thefts increase around the holidays and it may be wise to insure your packages this time of year. This way, if your package is stolen, you can be reimbursed for your loss.

9. Ship to your local pack and ship store – If you have a UPS, FedEx, or other locally owned packing and shipping store nearby, consider sending your packages there.


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