DENVER -- ‘Tis the season for shopping online and drivers delivering gifts directly to your door. But with that convenience come risks.
23 million Americans have had packages stolen from their homes before they could open them. An Erie family is one of them.
It’s a playground for thieves: quiet streets, empty driveways, and unattended packages ripe for the picking.
UPS drivers deliver door-to-door cheer.
But leave it to real life-Grinches like this one to spoil the Christmas Spirit.
“We have a security system thankfully. And we were able to catch glimpse of the guy that decided to steal our package,” says a theft victim, who didn’t want to be identified.
Now, Erie Police are looking for him, after he swiped what was a Christmas gift, even under the watchful eye of a security camera from the home in the 2000 block of Tundra Circle.
“Everybody is getting packages all day long every single day. And it’s difficult because they’re delivered when people are at work,” she says.
The thefts happen all over. The Nextdoor website shows a montage of thefts.
Thieves help themselves to gift, after gift, until their sticky fingers are satisfied.
“I personally wonder why it’s not far more of a problem. You see a box labeled big television. Why not grab it off someone’s patio?” says Peter Roper, owner of Denver Bicycle Café.
But now there’s something new that could put thieves out of business. A solution, in UPS Access Point locations.
Denver Bicycle Café is one of 43 small businesses across the metro, where UPS customers can pick up their packages.
“I’d rather have it here than on a doorstep. Just hanging out on the doorstep,” says Roper.
It’s something this homeowner might consider the next time the UPS Santa’s make their rounds.
Here other some other tips to thwart thieves:
- Have your package delivered at work.
- Track your package and have a neighbor grab it for you.
- Require a signature before the driver leaves the package.
- And request the driver hide the package so it’s not visible from the street.
Here’s a list of UPS Access Point locations in Colorado:
|Video Video||310 S Chambers Rd||Aurora||80017|
|L&M Grocery||16251 East Colfax Avenue||Aurora||80011|
|El Angel Market||3133 Peoria St||Aurora||80010|
|E Mart Inc.||14301 E Exposition Avenue||Aurora||80012|
|Envios Guadalajara||1544 Lima Street||Aurora||80010|
|Phone Store||3095 S Peoria St||Aurora||80014|
|Shebelle Market Inc.||10731 E. Alameda Ave||Aurora||80012|
|Dry Clean USA||17062 E Quincy Ave. A||Aurora||80015|
|303 Wireless LLC||3340 Arapahoe Ave||Boulder||80303|
|McGuckin Hardware||Arapahoe Ave. 2525 D1||Boulder||80302|
|Green Crest Center||3725 Van Teylingen||Colorado Springs||80917|
|Nic & Nak Marketplace||324 Main St||Colorado Springs||80911|
|CK Wireless||4345 Airport Rd||Colorado Springs||80916|
|Lincoln Market||1704 East 25th Ave.||Denver||80205|
|Uptown Oasis||298 E. 20th Ave||Denver||80205|
|Capitol Heights Pharmacy||1200 Madison Street||Denver||80206|
|Video One||600 Downing Street||Denver||80218|
|The Denver Bicycle Cafe||1308 E 17th Ave||Denver||80218|
|McMahan Cleaners||290 S Logan Street||Denver||80209|
|La Despensa Latina||4650 Tower Road||Denver||80249|
|Tony's Market 950||950 Broadway Street||Denver||80203|
|Cristina's Records||3226 W. Colfax Ave||Denver||80204|
|Q Suprette||3519 W. Colfax Ave.||Denver||80204|
|American Way Market||1115 W. 11th Ave||Denver||80204|
|Hooked on Colfax||3213 E Colfax Ave||Denver||80206|
|The Corner Coffee Bakery||1245 E Colfax Ave, Unit 105||Denver||80218|
|Battery Giant of Denver||603 Grant Street||Denver||80203|
|Ace Hardware - Cherry Creek||1417 S Holly Street||Denver||80222|
|Ace Hardware - Alameda Station||417 S. Broadway||Denver||80209|
|Ben Wireless (Metro PCS)||4120 E. Colfax Ave||Denver||80220|
|Seafood Landing Inc.||3457 W 32nd Ave||Denver||80211|
|Panaderia Contreras||3570 Morrison Rd.||Denver||80219|
|Capitol Convenience||1300 Pearl St||Denver||80203|
|Botas Lucero||1550 S. Federal Blvd||Denver||80219|
|Highlands Ace Hardware||3758 Osage Street||Denver||80211|
|Keith's Coffee Bar||2450 S. Downing St.||Denver||80210|
|Onsite Consulting Computer Repair||6446 E. Hampden Ave. #250||Denver||80222|
|Wireless Kinetics Ltd.||2150 E 88th Ave Unit # 2148||Denver||80229|
|St. Killian's Cheese Shop & Market||3211 Lowell Blvd||Denver||80211|
|Buy Back Games||1509 W 84th Avenue||Federal Heights||80260|
|Emerald City Smoothie||760 S. Colorado Blvd. Suite F||Glendale||80246|
|Urban Survival Outfitters||10682 W. Alameda Ave||Lakewood||80226|
|Pet World||7585 W. 10th Ave||Lakewood||80214|