Police Warn of Newport Package Thefts

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Several packages were stolen from the porches of Newport Beach homes last month, and police are warning residents to take extra precautions.

The package thefts were reported on Thursday, Nov. 21 at a home in the 3000 block of Corte Portofino, on Monday, Nov. 18 at a home in the 400 block of Vista Roma and on Friday, Nov. 15 at a home in the 600 block of Poppy Avenue, police reported.

Keep Holiday Packages Safe

  • When selecting shipping options, choose one that requires you to sign for delivery. In most cases, if you aren’t at home when a delivery is at-tempted, you can either pick up your packages in person or schedule a delivery for a time when you are able to receive it.
  • Check the website of the delivery company that will be delivering your package. UPS and FedEx both offer customers the ability to customize the time and date of their delivery for when they will be home.
  • Track your delivery online. Check your package’s delivery status its estimated delivery time and try to be home when it arrives.
  • Let a trusted neighbor know you are expecting a delivery, and ask them to take possession of it when it arrives. Offer to do the same for them when they have a package delivered.
Newport Beach police encourage residents to report the following suspicious activity including a person taking packages from a doorstep, someone following a delivery truck and then going up to the porch after a delivery has been made, and even if you don’t see the person leave with the package in their arms, they may have opened the package and taken the items out.

Suspicious activity should be reported to the Newport Beach Police Department at 949-644-3717.

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