Thieves planning to steal packages from porches and mailboxes may get more than they bargained for in New West this month.
In an effort to deter thefts of parcels, the New Westminster Police Department is working in partnership with community members to reduce parcel theft through the use of bait packages.
“Families in New Westminster don’t need their holidays ruined by having packages stolen,” said NWPD spokesperson Sgt. Justine Thom. “We’re hoping these bait packages will make thieves think twice before grabbing something off a porch, especially during this busy holiday season.”
Starting in December 2022, the police department’s Street Crime Unit, Crime Reduction Unit, and front line patrol officers will deploy numerous packages on doorsteps and in mailboxes across the city.
The bait packages will be placed at a prearranged residence or mailbox with the homeowners’ consent. The packages contain technology that will help police identify and track down anyone who attempts to steal the package.
Although the bait packages aim to deter parcel theft, the New Westminster Police Department is still encouraging community members to reduce the opportunity for thieves to steal packages. It suggests residents consider speaking with neighbours to ask that they look out for deliveries and move delivered packages in a safe place.
“We’re asking people to have items delivered to locations where someone will be available to receive them, such as an office rather than home,” Thom said in a news release. “We also encourage people to check their mailboxes regularly and consider shipping insurance for costly items.”
The New Westminster Police Department plan to use the high-tech crime-fighting tool year-round.