Homedale Police Department aims to prevent package thefts

How to thwart thieves this holiday season.

HOMEDALE - Around the country, shoppers stormed malls on Black Friday while others shopped online instead of online from the comfort of their couch. 

According to Adobe, shoppers spent more than $5 billion online on Black Friday, which is an increase of nearly 17 percent over last year. 

It's what happens after you fill up your online shopping cart, enter your card information, and confirm your order that has local law enforcement urging caution.

"Times get hard sometimes and sometimes people do things they shouldn't," said Officer Clayton Cart with the Homedale Police Department. 

To prevent package theft, the Homedale Police Department is letting residents put the station's address on their orders instead of their own. 

"That way they can come in and receive their presents from us to ensure that their friends and their loved ones get those gifts," said Cart. "We haven't had the problem too much here but we want to prevent that from happening."

Several larger cities like Boise, Nampa, and Meridian don't allow people to get their packages sent to their police departments because of the amount of homes and manpower. 

If you don't live in an area where police departments allow this, there are ways you can still keep your packages safe. 

First, make sure you always track your packages and shipments so you know when they'll be delivered. Another helpful tip - if you can't be home for delivery ask a neighbor to watch for the package and sign for you. You can also have all of your packages require a signature so there won't be any packages left on your doorstep.

If you know you will not be home when deliveries are made you could have your packages shipped to your workplace or to a friend or relative who will be home. 

There's one thing you can also do throughout your neighborhood at all times. 

"Look for suspicious activity," said Cart. "People driving by homes that are receiving packages frequently."

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