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Parcel Theft

Alert message sent 11/12/2020 11:02:00

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There is  a spate of parcel thefts across the Oxford area.  I have spoken to Amazon and they say their protocol is to ring the doorbell and await the householder to answer the door and then the  courier leaves the parcel on the doorstep. Please note the default 'handed to resident' is also used for parcels left on doorsteps. Many of you will know that some Amazon and other couriers are leaving parcels on doorsteps and not waiting to see if the parcel is collected. 
It has been reported that Oxfordshire has topped the chart as being in the worst region for parcel thefts in the UK. 
https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/18874650.oxfordshire-worst-region-parcel-thefts-uk/

This is the advice from the website www.police.uk to prevent parcel theft. 
Theft from a doorstep
Thefts from a doorstep are when a parcel that has been delivered to your home or business address is stolen from where it was left by the delivery driver.
This is a growing trend across the country, as thieves take advantage of the opportunity to steal unattended parcels.

Preventing theft from your doorstep
Here are some things you could do to reduce the risk of doorstep theft:
Track your parcel to ensure you or someone else is at home for the delivery
Install a video doorbell; this can be connected to your mobile so you are notified immediately of any delivery, and is easier to install than a full CCTV system
Install a security light
Arrange for your parcel to be delivered to a trusted neighbour, or other family members who will be at home; if you live in a flat, is there a concierge who could accept the parcel for you?
Use an off-site locker service for frequent deliveries, or for expensive items; these parcel boxes are more likely to be in busy, safer locations - such as supermarkets - rather than secluded areas which could be targeted by thieves
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Maggie Lewis (NWN, Multi Scheme Administrator, Thames Valley, Oxford LPA)

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