A parcel theft in Nanaimo has prompted a warning from Nanaimo RCMP, telling residents to keep an eye on their parcel deliveries, especially during the holiday season.

On Monday, police received a report around 2:30 p.m. saying that thieves stole a package from the doorstep of a house on Lantzville Road just minutes after it was delivered.

The homeowner was talking to police on the phone when a courier truck came onto the property and dropped off an expected package at his front door.

Minutes later, the homeowner saw a small dark older model car leave his long and circular driveway. He went to his front door and found the parcel that had just been delivered was gone, and likely stolen by the persons he saw inside the car.

Later that afternoon, a neighbour returned with the parcel, saying she had found the packing open and lying on the side of the road several kilometres from the house.

“With the Christmas season fast approaching and online shopping in full gear, we fully expect to see an increase in these types of thefts,” said Constable Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP, in a news release.

To help protect your parcels, the RCMP recommend a few safety tips:

  • Get a signature: This is the most secure means of receiving and keeping track of parcels.
  • Have parcels delivered to your work or friends place: This is perfect for if you’re worried your package may be taken while you’re not at home. Just make sure your workplace is prepared to receive parcels.
  • Track your parcels: Most courier services provide this option which allows you to track where and when your delivery is expected, which also helps you plan out when you should be home to receive it.
  • Locker service: Several courier services have retail locations that let customers pick up their package at their convenience.

“Don’t let thieves get the better of you this Christmas Season. Think smart, plan ahead and report all suspicious activity immediately to the police.”

If you have information on these types of thefts, Nanaimo RCMP asks that you contact them at 250-754-2345, or call Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477.