The Palestine Police Department is offering safety tips as the holiday season approaches.
"If you are purchasing gifts online, which seems to be the most popular consumer way to shop, have those items delivered to an address where you know someone will be there to accept them, such as a friend's house, relative's house or your workplace." Chief Jeff Besing said.
His department has already received reports of packages being stolen from residents' property after being delivered by UPS, U.S. Mail or FedEx.
Besing said thieves tend to drive around and watch delivery trucks deliver the packages and then steal them after the trucks depart.
"The department would like to ask everyone to 'be a good neighbor' and report any suspicious activity in their neighborhood immediately to your local law enforcement," Besing said. "It is always helpful to get a vehicle description, license plate number and description of clothing apparel that the suspects/thieves are wearing."