Beware of Package Thefts and Scams This Holiday Season

Published by The Bee News

December 13, 2022

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The Lake Havasu City Police Department would like to remind the community that as the holiday season approaches, mail and package thefts, along with phishing scams, become more prevalent. With home package deliveries occurring frequently this holiday season, package thefts increase significantly when packages are left unattended outside of your residence for an extended amount of time, or residents don’t frequently check their mailboxes.

Residents are encouraged to take steps to avoid packages being stolen, such as signing up for tracking notifications, retrieving parcels as soon as they are delivered, or requiring signatures for delivery. Having packages delivered to secured delivery locations such as Amazon Hub Locker locations or postal businesses can deter theft as well. By investing in a residential video doorbell to mitigate the risk of package thieves, or protecting your home with entry sensors, motion sensors, and cameras for comprehensive visibility, residents can have increased peace of mind this holiday season. It is also recommended that residents lock their vehicles at all times to protect all the belongings inside, including any recent gift purchases and valuables.

In addition to package thefts, electronic phishing scams are another way for scammers to obtain personal information from individuals in an effort to coerce cash or credit card payments, gift card serial numbers, or donations to a fake charity account. These types of scams occur on a frequent basis and residents should never give out any personal or banking information from a solicitor that they are unsure of, and don’t click on any suspicious attachments in emails or on social media.

If you suspect any suspicious activity in the community, you are encouraged to call the Lake Havasu City Police Department at 928-855-1171 to make a report. If you would like additional information on preventing package thefts or how to avoid holiday scams, you can visit the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s website at https://www.fbi.gov/ to learn more.

Public Information Officer:  Detective Chris Angus (928) 855-1171

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