Denver package thefts up 41 percent in 2017, police say

As of Tuesday, 457 packages were reported stolen, according to Denver police.

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With the holiday shipping season in full swing, Denver Police Department is reporting a spike in package thefts this year around the city.

As of Tuesday, 457 packages were reported stolen. The percent of snagged boxes jumped 41 percent — 133 cases — from 2016 to 2017, DPD said on social media.

Police are encouraging people to get their packages delivered to their workplaces or to a trusted neighbor or friend who is likely to be home. Other tips shared by police include selecting to sign for deliveries, tracking the status online to be home for deliveries and asking packages to be held at the shipping facility or a locker pickup location.

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Business & data reporter Adrian D. Garcia can be reached via email at agarcia@denverite.com or twitter.com/adriandgarcia.

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