Police issue Christmas package warning to avoid Grinches

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LOCAL police have implored last-minute Christmas shoppers to have gifts delivered to worksites or post offices – rather than the humble letterbox – to stop them falling into the hands of an opportunistic Grinch.

Palmyra police officer-in-charge Ross Eastman said it was one valuable precaution to take as he urged people to to remember their safety and security this Christmas.

“People need to keep doors locked and make sure people can’t see into rooms where there are Christmas presents,” he said.

“Making sure that bushes and trees are trimmed so there are no places for people to hide and look into your house is important too. In relation to gifts coming in the mail, it’s a good idea to have them delivered to a post office, post box or your work address so they are not left outdoors.”

Senior Sergeant Eastman’s advice comes amidst continued reports of delivered items being stolen after being left at the door with no one home.

It’s a scourge that grows in a period of peak deliveries combined with people likely to spend more time away from their homes.

Murdoch police Senior Sergeant Rob Martin said his officers were also focused on shoplifting, stealing and burglaries in the lead-up to Christmas, as part of an all-of-summer operation.

“We ask people to secure their property and not leave it unattended because they might be taken advantage of,” he said.