Beware of Christmas capers

By Sam Wildow -

PIQUA — “Don’t let a thieving Grinch ruin your Christmas.”

The Piqua Police Department issued a statement Wednesday about residents who may still be receiving packages in the mail for the holidays, whether from online shopping or out-of-town loved ones.

According to Chief of Police Bruce Jamison, the Piqua Police Department has already seen suspicious activity of intrusions into mailboxes and alerted the Nextdoor Neighbors when that has occurred. Jamison stated that they are aware of several potential breaches in one neighborhood off of High Street on the hill.

The suspected breaches reportedly happened either overnight or early Wednesday morning. Jamison explained, though, that the only way anything would have been stolen in that instance would be if residents had not cleared out their mailboxes from the night before as the postal carrier had not been there yet. So far, the police department is not aware of anything missing, but residents are being advised to make themselves harder targets.

First, residents should notify 911 immediately if they see any vehicles or pedestrians approaching mailboxes along the street.

“We would want a phone call as soon as anybody saw somebody wandering down the street checking mailboxes so that we could confront those people,” Jamison said.

The police department believes that suspected breaches have occurred to rural-type mailboxes in a curb lawn, accessible to the street. For this reason, the police department believes someone on foot or in a car is going up streets where these boxes are common and opening them to see if there are any packages or envelopes of value.

“We don’t know if it’s somebody in a car or somebody on foot,” Jamison said.

The Piqua Police Department issued the following advice for this holiday season related to receiving packages:

• Track expected deliveries, know when to expect it to arrive, tell the recipient

• Make sure a signature is required on important deliveries

• Make arrangements for someone to personally accept a package or immediately secure it after it arrives and until you get home

• If you’re traveling, ask the post office to hold your mail until you get back

• Wait until trash day to set out discarded packages that could advertise to a burglar that you have a very valuable gift sitting inside your house

• Do not leave valuables visible in your car, even in your own driveway

• Contact the sender immediately if a package does not arrive on time

• Have packages delivered somewhere you know someone will be available, such as to a relative across town or to your workplace

The Piqua Police Department can be contacted at (937) 778-2027. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling 937-615-TIPS (8477) or by visiting for more information.

To submit an anonymous tip through text messaging, type the keyword PIQUAPD and the message, then send it to 274637.

By Sam Wildow

Reach reporter Sam Wildow at (937) 451-3336 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall

Reach reporter Sam Wildow at (937) 451-3336 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall