Home Security Cameras Capture Burglars in the Act

Montgomery County police Thursday released a video of a man taking a package from the front door of a Germantown home. The video came from a home security system. The culprit is the latest in a string of burglars who have been caught on camera.

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Police offer these tips in preventing the thefts in the first place:

  • Choose a delivery address wisely.

Have your packages delivered to a place where you know someone will be available to receive it, possibly your workplace or a friend’s or neighbor’s home.

  • Choose to have package delivered to carrier location.

Many shipping carriers will hold a package for five days.

  • Consider in-store pickup.

Many retailers provide the option of picking up online orders at brick-and-mortar locations.

  • Sign up for notification services so you know your package is delivered.

Many shipment companies offer services to help you track your deliveries by receiving text messages or an e-mail. You can then plan on being home at the time of delivery or ask a trusted friend or neighbor to stop by the delivery location and retrieve the package.

After receiving a notification alert and you determine that you won’t be home, many carriers allow you to re-route your shipment to another location or to the carrier’s facility for later pick-up.

  • Require a signature

Many shipping companies offer a service that requires a signature for a package to be released.

  • Provide delivery instructions

Many carriers allow residents to provide instructions on where the deliveries should be placed at the home (side porch, garage door, etc.)

  • Insure your package

Consider insuring your package. Contact your chosen mail carrier for coverage policies and requirements.

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Douglas Tallman

About Douglas Tallman

Reporter with 35 years experience throughout Maryland. Reach me at dtallman@mymcmedia.org or via Twitter at @MCM-Doug


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