LUDLOW – With the holiday shopping season officially here, Chief Paul Madera and the Ludlow Police Department wish to remind residents of several precautions they can take when ordering items online to help prevent their gifts from falling into the wrong hands.
“This holiday season, I encourage all of our residents to take care to ensure the gifts they’re ordering online make it to their intended destination,” Chief Madera said. “Unfortunately, criminals like to prey on those who have packages left unattended by their front doors, so we want to offer a few strategies residents can use to protect their property.”
Ludlow Police will have an increased presence throughout the community during the holiday season.
Tips to Prevent Holiday Package Theft:
To best ensure that your packages are not taken after they are delivered, Ludlow Police recommend the following tips:
- Request notifications on your deliveries, via phone or email, to monitor your packages in transit and upon delivery. FedEx and UPS offer services to assist customers during the holidays.
- Always require a signature on your deliveries to ensure packages are never left unattended.
- Consider sending deliveries to an alternate location where someone will be able to receive them – whether that be a workplace, a neighbor or friend’s house, or a FedEx or UPS location.
- Schedule your delivery for a specific date and time that you’re expected to be home.
- Set up a vacation hold if you plan on traveling during the holidays so gifts won’t be left on the doorstep.
- Be aware of “tailgating,” which refers to people who follow delivery vehicles and steal packages after they are dropped off.
- If you find your package has been stolen, or see any suspicious activity, immediately report it to the Ludlow Police.
- Never accept a surprise delivery where a payment is required, and never give out personal information when receiving a delivery that you purchased as it may be a scam.
Additionally, any suspicious people or vehicles in your neighborhood should immediately be reported to the Ludlow Police Department at 413-583-8305.
Additional Holiday Shopping Safety Tips:
Chief Madera would also like to offer tips to holiday shoppers on how to avoid any incidents or theft while shopping in stores and online:
- As more people are on the road during the holiday season, be sure to drive carefully. Be patient when looking for a parking space. Don’t speed up in a parking lot to catch an empty spot. Look for other cars or people when backing out of a parking space, and back out slowly.
- Keep shopping bags out of plain sight in your vehicle, preferably in your trunk.
- Keep your purse close to your body or your wallet in an inside coat pocket or front pants pocket.
- Save your receipts and monitor your credit card activity.
- When shopping online, stick to retailers you know or have shopped with before.
- Don’t use public Wi-Fi to make purchases in order to prevent hackers from intercepting your information.
The men and women of the Ludlow Police Department wish everyone a safe and healthy holiday season!
With the holiday season kicking off this week, Chief Paul Madera and the Ludlow Police Department wish to emphasize the importance of remaining safe and sober while driving.
“We know the holidays are a great time to reconnect with friends and family, but that doesn’t mean there’s ever an excuse to drive impaired,” Chief Madera said. “It’s important to plan ahead and designate a driver or seek out alternative modes of transportation in order to avoid a tragedy this holiday season.”
The Wednesday night before Thanksgiving, or “Thanksgiving Eve,” has become a night commonly associated with drinking and visiting bars. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 800 people died in alcohol-related crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday period, from 6 p.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. the following Monday, between 2012 and 2016.
Additionally, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 40 percent of traffic fatalities that occur during the holidays involve a driver who is alcohol-impaired, compared to 31 percent for the rest of the year. Mothers Against Drunk Driving reported that, in 2016, 48 percent of highway deaths on New Year’s Eve were alcohol related.
The Ludlow Police Department cautions people against drugged driving, including legal and illegal substances, such as marijuana and prescription medications.
To keep travelers safe, Chief Madera offers the following safety tips from the NHTSA:
Buckle Up, Drive Sober and Pay Attention
- Always wear your seat belt.
- Never drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In every state, it is against the law to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. Do not text while driving and always keep both hands on the wheel.
- Be sure to have a designated driver to ensure that you and your family members are safe at all times in the motor vehicle.
- If you see anyone with an alcoholic beverage, or if a person smells of alcohol, do not get into the car or let that person drive.
- Utilize local taxi companies or ride-sharing services if you are impaired.
- Plan your travel and route by checking the weather, road conditions, and traffic. Leave early, if necessary, and allow plenty of time to safely get to your destination.
- Carry items in your vehicle that may prove useful in the event of an emergency or if you get stranded, including snow shovel, broom, ice scraper, jumper cables, flashlight, flares/emergency markers, blankets, mobile phone with charger, water, food and any necessary medicine.
- If you become stranded, don’t run your vehicle with the windows up or in an enclosed space for an extended period of time to avoid asphyxiation from carbon monoxide poisoning. If you must run your vehicle, clear the exhaust pipe of any snow and run it only sporadically – just long enough to stay warm.
The Ludlow Police Department will be participating in the Home Base No-Shave 2019 campaign in support of Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and the Massachusetts General Hospital Program. The rules are simple: Each participant donates or fundraises $100 to forego facial restrictions during the month of November. But, just in case there are additional questions you are itching to ask, please refer to our FAQs below.
• How can we donate?
1.) Credit Card: You can donate online to the Ludlow Police Department’s fundraising page. Click on,https://because.massgeneral.org/fundraiser/2405301 to find the Ludlow Police Department’s page. Once you click on the page and you’ll see a red “Donate” button. All credit card donations will receive an immediate confirmation email and tax acknowledgment.
2.) You can write a check to Home Base and mail it to:
ATTN: Maureen Wade
125 Nashua Street, Ste. 540
Boston, MA 02114
*Please be sure to include which police department you are supporting. All check
donations will be added to the department’s online fundraising page.
• When are donations due? Can we bring donations to the Shave Off event at Fenway on 12/4?
We’d love to have all donations in before the Shave Off event at Fenway Park on December 4th so that we’re able to announce the total raised and include it on the big check for a photo. You are welcome to bring donations to the event. If you don’t have the funds in-hand, you could always let us know any donations that you are confident we’ll receive so we can add it to the total raised. If donations come in after December 4th, they will still be added to your Department’s page and towards the overall total raised for this year’s campaign.
In 2018, hundreds of first responders and
supporters from across 117 cities and towns
raised more than $276,000 for Home Base
during November. To date, this campaign has
raised over $470,000 to provide critical, lifesaving
care for Veterans and their Families.