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Salisbury Township Police Department Chief Allen W. Stiles has provided tips to prevent package theft as we enter the biggest shopping season of the year.

“Unfortunately, this is also prime season for package thieves,” Stiles said.

“As you are making online purchases over the next few weeks, follow these tips to avoid becoming the victim of package theft,” Stiles said.

•Sign up for delivery alerts so you know when your delivery is scheduled and when the package has been delivered.

•If you are not able to be home when a package will be delivered, ask a trusted neighbor to hold it for you.

•If possible, require a signature for all deliveries.

•Consider shipping packages to your place of work or use the ship to store option.

•Be a good neighbor! If you see a package on your neighbor’s doorstep, reach out and ask if they would like you to hold it until they are home. Better yet, if you work from home, post on Salisbury Township’s Nextdoor and offer to allow your neighbors to send their packages to your house.

Stiles said if packages are stolen, first contact the police department and then check with your neighbors to see if they saw anything suspicious.