Package Theft on the Rise in Orcutt
Orcutt - April 1st, 2016
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is warning residents in the Orcutt area of an increase in package thefts. Over the last two months, Sheriff's deputies have responded to nine reports of packages being stolen in front of residences. Most of these thefts occurred during the afternoon or early evening hours when the residences were unoccupied.
The Sheriff’s Office wants to take this opportunity to advise residents to contact law enforcement immediately if they see suspicious vehicles or people in their neighborhood. We also want to take this opportunity to remind citizens of some important steps they can take to help prevent package theft:
· Let your neighbors know when a delivery is expected in a day or two so they can be on the lookout for the package as well.
· Be vigilant about reporting suspicious people or vehicles in your neighborhood. Suspicious vehicles can include vehicles driving aimlessly, very slowly, up and down the street, apparently lost, such as driving down cul-de-sacs or dead end streets, and other similar actions. Suspicious people can exhibit similar behavior including, approaching houses and then asking about lost dogs or other fictitious stories when confronted by homeowners.
· Bring packages indoors quickly to limit exposure to thieves.
· Request tracking and delivery alerts when ordering online.
· Consider having packages shipped to places of employment, friends, or family.
· Residential surveillance systems can also be helpful in assisting investigators with solving these crimes.
Anyone with information on these thefts or any criminal activity is encouraged to call the Santa Maria Sheriff’s Substation of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office at 805-934-6150. To report suspicious activity in progress, call 911. For anonymous tips, call 805-681-4171.
For Media Inquires Contact PIO Kelly Hoover
Business Hours: (805) 681-4100