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Protect Your Packages! Thieves Target Holiday Deliveries

The Weston Police Department is warning residents to guard their packages delivered via mail or parcel service.

If you happen to notice a vehicle tailing the mail truck down your street, take note and don't hesitate to contact Weston police.

Weston police are warning residents that police departments across the country receive increased reports this time of year about UPS, USPS and FedEx packages being stolen from mailboxes and doorsteps.

According to a press release issued by the department, thieves often follow the trucks, watching for packages delivered and left out in the open. Once the trucks leave, the thieves strike, picking up packages or even sorting through mail on the hunt for gift cards or cash.

Weston Police Chief Steven Shaw said the department made an arrest in this type of crime a few years ago.

Driveways are long in Weston, Shaw explained, and it's easy for thieves to grab packages unseen from the street.

"If you’re expecting something, keep your eye out," Shaw said. "If you see something, call."

Shaw advised witnesses to take particular note of license plate numbers, if at all possible, rather than siimply a description of the vehicle.

"The best way to help is to be a good witness and not a victim," the press release reads. "Never put yourself in harms way."

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