December 5, 2014 Area police have taken several reports of stolen packages during the past few months. In Allendale alone, several have been stolen. Some ways to prevent this crime from occurring are: Ask for a tracking number. Most shippers offer this at no additional cost. This allows you to track your package and get an approximate delivery time. Request a signature delivery option. This will prevent eth package from sitting on your doorstep after delivery. Request a specific delivery date if possible, so you are home when the package arrives. Arrange for the package to be held at the shipping service so you may retrieve it when convenient for you. Consider asking that the package be dropped at a side or back door, or inside an enclosed porch so it is out of sight. If possible have the package delivered to your work. Have the package delivered to a relative or friend who can be home to accept it. Ask a neighbor to “keep an eye out” for the delivery. If the package does not arrive on schedule contact the shipper immediately. If you see someone taking a package from a doorstep Call 9-1-1 immediately and give the dispatcher a description of the person and vehicle used and direction of travel.