Thieves take parcel from Nanaimo home, RCMP expect those cases to rise

Thieves take parcel from Nanaimo home, RCMP expect those cases to rise

Photo courtesy City of Nanaimo.

Photo courtesy City of Nanaimo.

Nanaimo RCMP is warning parcel thefts are expected to increase this time of year following a brazen incident Monday.

Police say thieves made off with a parcel just minutes after a courier truck dropped it off at a residence on Lantzville Road around 2:30 p.m. Nov. 19.

Officers were told by the homeowner he was on the phone and saw a courier truck pulling into his driveway and dropped off a package he expected to find on his front step.

The homeowner then watched a small dark older model car driving out of his driveway minutes later and when he went to the front door, he realized the parcel was gone.

A neighbour came by his house with the parcel, which she discovered opened and lying on the side of the road several kilometres away.

Nanaimo RCMP Cst. Gary O’Brien said with the holiday season fast approaching, police expect to see an increase in these types of thefts.

Police say to reduce the risk of having packages stolen, getting a signature is the most secure way to receive a parcel.

You are also advised to have packages delivered to your work or a friend’s place and track incoming mail to stay on top of when your parcel is expected to arrive.

You could also get a locker service at a courier retail location to pick up a parcel.

“Don’t let thieves get the better of you this Christmas season. Think smart, plan ahead and report all suspicious activity immediately to the police,” O’Brien said in a statement.


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