Not every package delivery will end up where it's supposed to be

Package delivery precautions Monday, November 27, 2017. (WLUK/Pafoua Yang)

GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- Thieves are already on the move, and on the run, with packages left outside people's doors.

According to Green Bay police, a number of stolen deliveries have already been reported in our area.

Living on a busy street can be concerning for Daniel Zehms as he picked up two packages by his front door.

"We're on a main street here and a lot of people walk back and forth in the street and it doesn't take much for it to walk off the doorstep," Zehms said.

Knowing delivery thefts are possible, Zehms takes precautions.

"If it's a big item, we normally have it dropped off at where my wife works because she's there all the time," he said.

Not only is it important to deliver packages to a secure location but police are urging people to require a signature.

"These thefts occur so quickly that it's hard to get a suspect description if you don't have a home surveillance system," said Capt. Kevin Warych of the Green Bay Police Department.

Warych also said it's a good to get to know your neighbors and help each other out.

"It's been a really good neighborhood; we have a lot of elderly that do watch out and a lot of elderly walking," said Roger Allen of Green Bay.

Between Thanksgiving and New Year's, the postal service expects to deliver 850 million packages nationwide, which is up more than 10 percent compared to last year.

The Better Business Bureau regional director, Susan Bach, suggested leaving your packages on the side or back doors but never in the front.

"I know FedEX and UPS, they do have apps available that you can reroute or reschedule a delivery, so that might be an option," she said.

Among the millions of deliveries, Bach said it's important to keep something in mind.

"If the package is stolen off of your front door, it is not the delivery company's responsibility or the merchant's responsibility to replace it. It's yours," she said.

According to the National Retail Federation more than 122 million people planned to shop online Cyber Monday.

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