Two people have been detained as suspects in a case involving the disappearance of a number of packages in the City of Racine.
Officers with the Racine Police Department responded to a report of a theft at 9:15 a.m. Thursday in the 3000 block of Arlington Ave.
The resident told police someone had taken packages off of the porch. The person gave a description of the vehicle and it was located shortly after the call came into the dispatch center. The two suspects were then taken into custody to be questioned.
“During the investigation, it was discovered that there were other packages from other areas of the city. The investigation is ongoing at this time,” according to a press release by the Racine Police Department.
Officials with the Racine Police Department are warning residents to use caution when having packages delivered to their doors.
- Don’t let your packages sit – Monitor when your packages are expected to arrive. Many businesses provide a tracking number so you can see when your package does arrive.
- Talk to your neighbors – If you have neighbors who are home during the day, consider asking them to collect your packages on the delivery date.
- Ship to an alternate address – Some companies allow you to ship your packages directly to your place of business. Also, consider shipping your packages to a friend or relative’s home.
- Ship to the store – Some retailers allow you to ship to a store near you. This may not be as convenient but it does provide security and helps avoid long lines at the register. Some stores even offer special parking near the entrance.
- Hi-tech solutions – If you order packages all year round, it may be wise to invest in security cameras or mobile apps on your smartphones.
- Install a package lockbox – A lockbox can be installed on your front porch. Once installed, share your code with your delivery service.
- Signature on delivery – Consider having your packages delivered only when someone is available to sign for them.
- Insure your holiday packages – Package thefts increase around the holidays and it may be wise to insure your packages this time of year. This way, if your package is stolen, you can be reimbursed for your loss.
- Ship to your local pack and ship store – If you have a UPS, FedEx, or other locally owned packing and shipping store nearby, consider sending your packages there.
Racine Police investigators are interested in any additional information that anyone may have about this crime. Any witnesses, or citizens with information, are urged to call the Racine Police Department Investigations Unit at (262) 635-7756.
Those who wish to remain anonymous may contact Crime Stoppers at (262) 636-9330, or text 274637 (CRIMES). Text message should begin with RACS.