Fa-la-la-la-la / la-la-la-la, and ho-ho-ho, and keep an eye on any packages you get delivered to your home in the weeks ahead, because the holidays are prime hunting season for parcel thieves.
Neighbor Chris shares this story from last weekend:
On Saturday I had an attempted theft from my house. Around 1-2pm, a woman wearing a black hoodie and a colorful backpack was spotted by my downstairs tenant trying to steal a package through my security gate. This took place on Heyman Ave.
She had a long piece of metal she had put through the bars and was trying to scoop out the package through the bars of the gate. Luckily my tenant came outside and she ran off.
Currently, I only have a security grill behind the lock for my gate. After this happened, I realized that it would be quite easy for a thief to extract small packages from elsewhere in the gate. I’ll be welding on some more security grill to fix this vulnerability.
If you regularly get any packages or mail delivered behind a security gate/door, go make sure they are truly secure. Bring a metal pole and see if you can fish anything out through the gates.
Stay safe, Bernal!
Barring that (no pun intended), you might also consider having parcels delivered to your workplace, rather than to your home.