SKOWHEGAN — The Skowhegan Police Department is working to prevent porch thefts this holiday season.
Skowhegan Police Chief David Bucknam said there tends to be an uptick in package thefts around the holiday season.
“Theft off people’s porches has been happening for many, many years,” Bucknam said.
This year, the department is trying to combat the issue through a new program called, “Operation Safe Delivery.”
“We’re allowing the citizens here in Skowhegan to utilize the police department address to have their packages by Fedex, UPS and the U.S. Postal Service mailed to here where they could come pick them up at a later time.”
Bucknam said his son came up with the idea to have people get their packages delivered to the police department.
“I sat back and thought about it for a minute because we had just had an incident where somebody had picked up a package off a porch at an apartment complex that wasn’t theirs, so I said you know, that’s a great idea, maybe we’ll give this a try,” Bucknam said.
Packages of up to 50 pounds can be delivered to the department’s address at 225 Water Street, Skowhegan beginning Nov. 29, and everything must be picked up by Dec. 22 and within three days of delivery.
“We have a brochure right on our Facebook page that basically gives the directions, and they can pick it up Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 in the afternoon and 10 to 2 on Saturdays and Sundays,” Bucknam said.
Bucknam said he hopes people take advantage of this opportunity.
“That’s what we’re here for, to help our citizens out here in Skowhegan, and we’re really hoping to make a difference for them, so that they have the best holiday experience they can have,” Bucknam said.
Bucknam said they plan to work out any issues that may arise this year, so the program can run successfully for many years to come.