Police Department: Keep Your Deliveries Safe!

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City Updates | General | Police Department |

Warning:  Package Thieves in the area!

We have had suspicious activity in Oak Creek and reports from South Milwaukee, where thieves have followed delivery trucks on their routes and stolen the packages after a delivery was made.

Tips to keep your packages safe:

  • Track your items when the information is available, to know when they are due to be delivered.
  • If you will not be home to receive your package, ask a neighbor to watch for the delivery truck and give them permission to take possession of the item until you return home.
  • Avoid letting deliveries sit out in the open on your porch or door steps.
  • Ask the delivery company to place items in inconspicuous areas, such as the back door area, or behind fixtures or plantings where they cannot be readily observed from your sidewalk or street views.
  • Consider adding a surveillance device to catch deliveries when they occur, so that you can notify a neighbor to help you, or to help catch a thief in the act of taking the parcels.
  • Be alert to vehicles that pass by your home several times in a short period of time. Many thieves case the neighborhood before they act.
  • Weather is not a factor; don’t believe that the cold will keep thieves away!
  • Many people do not hear or see what is happening outside their front door. Be a good neighbor, when a delivery truck stops outside their home, inform them. Ask your neighbors to keep an eye on your property as well!
  • Keep your doors locked, even when you are home.

Please report suspicious activity or if have witnessed a theft or are a victim of a theft to the police.

The most valuable aid you can give the police about a crime is help in the identification of suspects. Observation of:

  • license numbers
  • make and model of the vehicle
  • color of vehicle
  • age of vehicle
  • special markings, dents, rust, etc.
  • 2 or 4 doors
  • number of occupants in the vehicle or involved in the theft
  • type of clothing
  • color of skin
  • age
  • weight and height
  • hair color and style
  • eye color
  • tattoos, jewelry, piercings or special markings that may be identifiable

Don’t be afraid to report any suspicious activity to your local Law Enforcement. If you live in Oak Creek use the Police Department non-emergency number– 414-762-8200.