Hello Friends!

I hope this message finds you well. It’s hard to believe that it’s November already, which means the holiday shopping season is upon us. We want to do everything possible to ensure a safe holiday season for everyone, so I want to share a few tips.

As we did last year, we will be deploying package “bait” throughout the south area in hopes of catching package thieves in the act. If you are interested in assisting us with having bait deployed at your residence, please email Sgt. Longanecker at:

In addition, here are a few other tips to help prevent being a victim of package theft this holiday season:

  1. Take advantage of package tracking: most delivery companies give updates on delivery status, and you can ensure your package is retrieved once it’s delivered.
  2. Consider installing a video doorbell: Burglar and thieves tend to be discouraged by cameras and security alarms, and something thinking of stealing a package might think twice if they see you have one. Also, if a theft does occur, the video evidence is a great resource for us!
  3. Have your package delivered where it can be retrieved upon delivery: if you are not home during the day, consider having your packages delivered to a neighbor, workplace, or friend where it can be retrieved upon delivery.
  4. Utilize a storage locker: some of the larger delivery companies, like Amazon, have lockers at various locations where you can have your items delivered. They will be safely waiting for you to pick up.

Lastly, for overall theft deterrence this holiday season we always recommend to “hide your things, lock your card and take your keys.” If you are out shopping, please consider the following:

  1. Stay alert and be aware of what’s going on around you.
  2. Park in a well-lighted space.
  3. Deter thieves by ensuring you are not overburdened with packages. Also, keep your purse close to your body.
  4. Try to avoid carrying large sums of cash. If you are paying with it, don’t take your money out until your asked, and don’t flash a lot of cash.

I hope these help! If there is anything that we can ever help with, please don’t hesitate to ask!


Captain Daniel Monk, Sacrament Police Department, South Command