November 20 was delivery day for Chris McCarthy's new computer parts.
A FedEx truck rolled into his neighborhood near SW 164th and Western around 10:30 a.m. and the driver dropped off two boxes. About six minutes later, a man strolled into the security camera frame. He was on the sidewalk and scoped out the front of McCarthy’s home. “And then he darts to the packages and kind of runs off once he has them,” McCarthy explained.
The items in the boxes were worth a total of roughly $500.
“It was pretty upsetting,” he said. “I had to kind of calm down for a minute and gather my thoughts.”
Police said residents can take precautions by having packages delivered to work, or with a trusted friend, telling the delivery service to hold or hide them, requesting a signature confirmation or enlisting a neighbor to watch your place.
“Get to know the three people in front of you and each person on each side of you,” said Georgie Rasco, Executive Director of the Neighborhood Alliance of Central Oklahoma. Among other things, the nonprofit publishes statistics compiled by the police department so residents can be aware of neighborhood-specific crime trends.
And November 28 they'll hold a free workshop, where police will teach more crime prevention tips ahead of the holidays.
Click here for more information about the workshop.
In a statement for this story, FedEx echoed some of the police tips for package security:
“While we do our utmost to ensure the safe and secure delivery of every package, there are steps our customers can take for added peace of mind. FedEx Delivery Manager gives customers more power to customize home deliveries to fit their schedules. Sign up is free at fedex.com/delivery.
- Consider an alternate destination. When you order something online, consider sending the package to your workplace or to a family member, friend or neighbor who is home during the day to accept delivery or to one of our FedEx Onsite locations throughout the U.S. FedEx Onsite is a U.S. network of alternate delivery locations, born out of our customers’ telling us they want more choices for package delivery and drop off. Locations include FedEx authorized Ship Centers, some Albertsons and Kroger grocery stores, and nearly 8,000 Walgreens locations across the country.
- Send it to your nearest FedEx Office location. You can have your deliveries sent to the nearest FedEx Office location, and we’ll hold it for you for up to five business days. FedEx provides this service at no added cost. If it’s a FedEx Express package, you can also have your package sent to one of our FedEx Express stations. Find the location nearest you at fedex.com/locate.
- Request a signature. Many packages today are sent without requiring a signature for delivery. If you’re shipping something of high value — or you just want to be sure items aren’t left unattended — you can require a signature for packages to be released. Either the shipper or the recipient can make this request.
- Request a vacation hold. Taking a holiday trip to visit family or friends? You can request a vacation hold on all shipments for up to 14 days.
- Ask for a ring. Use FedEx Delivery Manager to let your driver know you want a ring—or a knock. You can leave instructions for drivers to always ring your doorbell or knock on your door when a package is being left. Do you like your packages left behind the big planter or tucked behind the grill beside the back door? Use FedEx Delivery Manager® to leave one-time-only or standing instructions for where you want FedEx to leave your deliveries. You can also let your driver know your instructions by calling 1.800.463.3339.
- Schedule your delivery. Request to get your delivery on your time, not ours. Pick a delivery time and date that works for you.
- Redirect your packages even when they’re already on the way. With FedEx Delivery Manager, you’ll be alerted of every FedEx package headed to your home, even if you don’t have the tracking number. If you know you won’t be home and want to send the delivery somewhere else, just redirect it to where you’ll be, or another secure location.”