Collecting packages from a local facility is a safer option than delivery to an empty home.
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They waited outside so they wouldn't miss the UPS truck. As the truck parked, they were ready and waiting to sign for the package. The only thing is, it wasn't their package. It wasn't even their home.

A couple weeks ago, Krysten R. of Southwest Bay Ho discovered that someone she didn't know had signed for a package in front of her home on Quapaw. She said that someone had filed a bogus insurance claim on her cell phone account and had new phones shipped overnight to her address.

"I order so much from Amazon"

Krysten shared that she is planning to install video surveillance cameras because of this incident. She said, "I would think that the Fed-Ex and UPS guys in the area would be familiar with who is at the houses. I order so much from Amazon, I feel like they would know if it was a random person jumping out of a car to sign for the package."

Stolen credit cards got the jewelry

I had something akin to this happen a few years ago when I managed a jewelry store. Someone stole several credit cards from dentists and used them to order diamonds from around the country. The thief always requested overnight early morning delivery via UPS to "his office." He would then meet the UPS driver at the curb to collect the package. Only one jewelry store suffered no loss because they only shipped via USPS and the thief wanted no part of that.

Shady-looking characters

Bay Park and Clairemont residents have shared daytime sightings of shady-looking characters bicycling in circles around neighborhoods in which they don't reside. Sometimes they are just scavenging for recycling, but oftentimes they are opportunists looking for whatever they can find.

Other Bay Ho thefts

Within the last few weeks, three neighbors have complained to me of missing packages. A few months ago, Alex C., a Northeast Bay Ho resident had a couple of Fed-Ex packages from Target stolen from his front porch. Another neighbor also had a package stolen from Jappa Avenue in Bay Ho around the same time.

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