DOORSTEP deliveries are being stolen from outside homes, police warn.

West Mercia Police has issued a warning urging Worcester residents to do what they can to prevent the thefts.

A spokesman for West Mercia Police said: "We've had a number of reports of deliveries being stolen from outside homes."



The force is directing homeowners and tenants to follow a series of steps to prevent them from becoming targets.

This includes: 

  • track your parcel to ensure you or someone else is at home for the delivery
  • install a video doorbell; this can be connected to your mobile so you are notified immediately of any delivery, and is easier to install than a full CCTV system
  • install a security light
  • arrange for your parcel to be delivered to a trusted neighbour, or other family members who will be at home; if you live in a flat, is there a concierge who could accept the parcel for you?
  • use an off-site locker service for frequent deliveries, or for expensive items; these parcel boxes are more likely to be in busy, safer locations - such as supermarkets - rather than secluded areas which could be targeted by thieves

Reports of any suspicious activity can be made online or by calling West Mercia's non-emergency number, 101