New Westminster – The New Westminster Police Department is working in partnership with community members to reduce parcel theft with the help of bait packages.
Starting in December 2022, the Street Crime Unit, Crime Reduction Unit, and front line patrol officers will deploy numerous packages on doorsteps and in mailboxes across the city. The bait packages will be placed at a prearranged residence or mailbox with the homeowners consent. The packages contain technology that will help police identify and track down anyone who attempts to steal the package.
“Families in New Westminster don’t need their holidays ruined by having packages stolen,” said Media Relations Officer Sergeant Justine Thom. “We’re hoping these bait packages will make thieves think twice before grabbing something off a porch especially during this busy holiday season.”
While the bait packages aim to deter parcel theft, police are encouraging the public to reduce the opportunity for thieves to steal packages. Consider speaking with neighbours to coordinate looking out for deliveries and moving delivered packages in a safe place.
“We’re asking people to have items delivered to locations where someone will be available to receive them, such as an office rather than home,” said Sergeant Justine Thom. “We also encourage people to check their mailboxes regularly and consider shipping insurance for costly items.”
The New Westminster Police Department plan to use the high-tech crime-fighting tool year-round.
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