'Tis the season to be wary! BCSO offers ways to keep package deliveries safe from burglars

Connie Swinney/Burnet Bulletin
Don't be a victim of Scrooge during the holiday season. Burnet County Sheriff's Department officials offered some advice to rural resident to avoid becoming mail package burglary victims, as was the case recently in Williamson County.





By Connie Swinney

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

As the holidays descend on the Hill Country area, Burnet County authorities are alerting residents about the potential for mail package burglaries seen in recent cases in a nearby county.

“Online shopping has pretty much taken over,” Burnet County Sheriff's Capt. Tom Dillard said. “You may be having dog food delivered, but the thief doesn't know that.

“He's just picking up packages.”

As more Christmas packages are delivered, the chance of becoming a mail theft victim increases.

“Crooks are bolder and bolder,” Dillard said.

A string of recent incidents in Williamson County involving burglary of mail packages on door steps has captured the attention of sheriff's offices.

“Williamson County just arrested a prolific package thief,” Dillard said. “He was going through neighborhoods looking for packages left on door steps and snatching them.

“My point is don't make it easy for the crooks,” he said.

The best way to minimize the package theft risk is to:

• Follow the doorstep delivery date and time closely and coordinate a time to be at the residence to secure the package;

• Assign a secure drop off location, if available, for the delivery company;

• Ask a neighbor to watch for the package and text or call for arrival time.

“If you've got a trusted neighbor who can pick up the packages for you because they're there during the day,” he said. “This is a case where neighbors can really help neighbors. Look out for one another.”

Rural residents should prepare to let go of a false sense of security.

“Try to secure your packages as best as possible,” he said. “Something I've learning working in rural law enforcement, there's still a lot of people who don't even lock their doors.

“Sadly those days are over.”

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