Package Theft In Hill East – Three Delivery Services Brief PSA 108
by Larry Janezich
MPD District 1 Acting Captain Damion Taylor told residents who attended tonight’s meeting: “This issue is one of the leading crimes in our service area (PSA 108) – package thefts are killing us.”
It’s a major problem for the three primary services delivering those packages, as well.
Representatives from UPS, FedEx, and the US Postal Inspectors were present to talk about the burgeoning problem of package thefts. NBC4’s Jackie Benson, who told CHC that the issue was one of prime importance to her viewers, was on hand to cover the meeting.
Despite the compelling subject matter and the number of speakers, the number of Hill East resident who turned out was – minimal. Those who attended heard the steps the three delivery services are taking to address the problem.
Ray Rothermel, UPS Security Supervisor, (firstname.lastname@example.org) urged residents to visit UPS.com/mychoice (here: http://bit.ly/1TSmOQ1) to give special instructions for delivering a package. UPS has 400 drivers in DC and Prince George’s County – the top five drivers generating claims of package loss against UPS are called in for a “face-to-face” on a monthly basis. Rothermel also told residents that UPS employs four armed off duty or retired police officers to follows trucks on routes, switching back and forth throughout the day.
Maureen O’Sullivan, U.S. Postal Inspector, (email@example.com) told residents that postal inspectors do surveillance in neighborhoods with a high rate of package theft. She discussed options for delivery, including resident having the post office hold a package for pick up. “The biggest thing for us,” she said, “is knowing that package theft is an issue in a neighborhood.”
Marcus Lyers, FedEx Senior Security Specialist, (firstname.lastname@example.org) explained options for customizing deliveries by using FedEx Delivery Manager (here: http://bit.ly/1TSokl3) to customize delivery time, deliver to another address, hold at FedEx location, require signature for a package, provide delivery instructions, and receive delivery notification.
Services are increasingly using electronic scanners fitted with GPS capability to track the delivery times and locations. A future program to help delivery services reduce package theft is undergoing testing throughout the country; the “locker delivery” would provide access to packages delivered to centrally located lockers, by means of a code received on line. A similar system is already being used in apartment buildings.
Lt. Damion Taylor reiterated that package theft is a crime of opportunity, and cited a recent incident where alert residents contributed to the arrest of a brazen package thief “with a long record.” Hill East activist Jim Myers, urged the coordination between MPD and the community to launch a publicity campaign against package thieves, including wide distribution of information and photos of those arrested for package theft.
The meeting was organized by Community Leader and Facilitator for PSA 108, David Bibo.