Police beat: Youth caught stealing package from doorstep of home

FERGUS – Police are issuing advice to homeowners after someone stole a recently-delivered parcel from the front step of a home here.

On Nov. 8, Wellington County OPP received a report that a parcel of pet medications was stolen after being left by a delivery service.

The victim had surveillance footage of the suspect and as a result police located a 15-year-old youth and the parcel was returned without incident.

“If you’re expecting to receive deliveries, make arrangements so that you don’t find yourself a victim,” states an OPP press release.

Police are offering the following tips:

– track deliveries online and try to be home when packages are delivered;

– if possible, request delivery services to get a signature from a recipient;

– when scheduling a delivery, leave instructions on where the package can be delivered or ask for a phone call when it is delivered (leaving a package out of sight may make a difference);

– ask a trusted friend or neighbour to receive your package at the time of delivery;

– if allowed by an employer, have the packages delivered to your work;

– have the package delivered to a delivery depot where it can be held for pickup;

– consider installing a motion-detection home security system that records video and sends immediate notice of activity to your cell phone (many new smart door bell systems allow live updates);

– some stores provide a pickup-in-store service that allow you to pick up items from a closer location;

– look carefully when ordering as retailers may have a way of customizing delivery instructions; and

– be a good neighbour and watch for suspicious activity and immediately call police if any such activity is seen in your neighbourhood.

Early RIDE results

WEST REGION – OPP West Region members were busy with the first weekend of the 2019 Festive RIDE campaign (Nov. 23 and 24) and the initial results are not encouraging.

Police say officers conducted stops at 78 RIDE check locations and laid 15 impaired driving charges, seven three-day license suspension for registering a “warning range” (between 50 and 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood in the system).

“In all, there were 42 impaired driving charges laid across the province on the first weekend of the campaign,” police stated in a press release.

This year’s Festive RIDE Campaign runs until Jan. 2, with programs 24 hours a day, seven days a week.