Kamloops carriers take extra security measures during holidays

By Vanessa Ybarra
December 10, 2017 - 1:00pm Updated: December 10, 2017 - 3:09pm

KAMLOOPS — Kamloops Canada Post carriers say they do their best to hide home parcel deliveries as best as possible, especially during the holiday season.

There's been a recent string of parcel thefts in the Lower Mainland where thieves are taking advantage of the Christmas delivery rush.

Online videos show thieves scooping items off homeowners front steps before running away or jumping into a get-away car.

Patricia Nauss, First Vice President with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, says Kamloops carriers use creative measures to keep parcels out of crooks hands.

"I find a place in the house where you can't see it from the street, I try to make it invisibile," said Nauss. "I try my best not to leave it out in the open."

She adds carriers are constantly scanning their environment when arriving to a house.

"If we think it's not safe or someone is around the area that's watching us, then we'll have the customer go to one of the pick-up stations in Kamloops to pick it up."

Nauss says a lot of homeowners continue to opt for home delivery adding it's important they understand the risk.

"If they say leave it at the door then it's their responsibility if something does happen."

Nauss says she hasn't heard of any recent reports of thefts in Kamloops.

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