Crime Trend: Packages Stolen from Doorsteps

Read about some of the thefts that recently took place in Radnor.

Packages sitting on front door steps or in the entry way of apartment buildings seem to make an easy target for thefts. For example:

  • A resident of Atterbury Road in Villanova reported that sometime between a Dec. 21 delivery and Dec. 28 when the homeowner returned home from a trip, a pair of Nike pants and an EZ Pass were assumed stolen after being delivered.
  • A resident of Conestoga Road in Rosemont reported that a package containing about $100 in clothes was stolen from her property after it was delivered on Dec. 27 around 2:30 p.m. Neighbors say they saw two young men from the neighborhood in the area of the victim's steps.
  • A resident of Wayne House apartments on Windermere Avenue in Wayne reported that a package containing a knife valued at around $100 was stolen from the area of the main door on Dec. 20 after 5:15 p.m. According to the police report, other residents have complained of packages going missing.


Other recent thefts

A metal jack and a piece of granite countertop were stolen at a construction site on Sproul Road, it was reported Dec. 28. The theft likely happened the week prior; the items had been sitting in the back of the property.

A resident of Brynfield Apartments in the 400 block of E. Lancaster Avenue in Wayne reported that during the month of November someone entered his apartment on numerous occasions and stole items in it. Gone missing is a pruning handsaw, a pannier bicycle bag, a wrench, a bike pump and a plunger.

A resident of Farm Road in Wayne reported the theft of $12,000 to $15,000 in jewelry from her home between the beginning of November and end of December.

A resident of South Roberts Road in Bryn Mawr reported that sometime on Dec. 28 someone stole her numerical address sign located at the end of her driveway.

Mildred Roberts January 11, 2013 at 05:56 PM
This is nothing new in some neighborhoods. With both spouses working these days, doorstep robberies and in-home robberies are becoming much easier. Home security cameras only provide a minimal deterrent and only catch neighborhood perps that can be ID'd. Here's my advice. 1. Get to know your UPS and FedEx drivers. Ask them to leave your packages somewhere out of sight: at the backdoor or in a porch, if the box is large...or in your recycle can, if the box is small. They are not allowed to leave packages, even if requested, in trash cans, for obvious reasons. 2. Rent a Post Office box if most of your packages come via the mail. Rent a Box at your local UPS store, if you use UPS or FedEx. The annual rent is well worth avoiding the losses and aggravation. 3. Ask a friendly neighbor to watch for deliveries for you and pick them up until you get home (or back from vacation) In this age of electronic tracking, you know -exactly- when a package will be delivered and can make arrangements to have someone there to safely retrieve it that day. My advice, for what it's worth.
Sam Strike January 11, 2013 at 06:00 PM
Good ideas, Mildred. Thanks!


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