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Don't Let Mailman's Gift Get Stolen

Personally deliver your holiday gifts to the mailman, newspaper delivery person, trash and recycling people so thieves don't usurp the presents.

Criminals don't care what season it is, so don't leave intriguing items in plain sight to be stolen, that's the lesson the Monterey County Sheriff's Office is delivering this month.

According to Crime Specialist Dave Crozier, one common, yet unexpected crime this time of year is theft of gifts left for your everyday visitors — mail carriers, garbage pick-up people, newspaper delivery people, etc. And with an abundance of this type of theft in the south Bay Area, the Monterey County Sheriff's Office wanted to share a word of warning up through California.

"Every year theft reports are made regarding removal of gifts attached to refuse containers and mail boxes," the Sheriff's Office said in a prepared statement. "This shameful and thoughtless act can be stopped."

So if you don't want your cookies, sweater, or whatever you're giving to your daily deliverers to get stolen, think hard about your own method of delivery. 

The Sheriff's Office suggests getting the recipients' home addresses or learning their delivery schedules so you can either mail or hand deliver the gifts you wish to give. 

It's also a good idea to give your delivery folks a heads up that there's a gift coming for them, so if you're hand delivering it they remember to knock on your door instead of leaving your deliverables in the driveway unannounced.

According to the Sheriff's Office, especially "gifts left overnight are a prime target" of thieves.

But criminals aside, winter weather is a great reason not to leave gifts outside in the p.m. Fortunately this week, rain is only expected in the Twin Cities on Wednesday, Dec. 12. But the showers are set to arrive again on Sunday, Dec. 16 and stay through the following Friday, if not longer. 

GAFlynn December 10, 2012 at 05:05 PM
I must be a grinch--do most people leave gifts for delivery, mail, trash people?
Jacob Bourne December 11, 2012 at 02:57 AM
I've been asking around and apparently a lot of people do. Admittedly, I never have. Turns out mail carriers aren't allowed to accept more than $20 in cash. Interesting...
marinkid December 11, 2012 at 04:14 PM
I drop my gifts off at the Mill Valley Refuse office in San Rafael. The staff is helpful and give you the name of your trash/recycle people to put right on the envelope. I personally hand the mailman his gift. Be generous people! These people serve us ALL year!

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