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Christmas TVs Left At Door, Go Missing

LA MESA -- The rise in on-line shopping has led to more home deliveries and, perhaps not surprising, more thefts of delivered gifts.

On Thursday, Dec. 12, for example, La Mesa Police responded to the 7900 block of Valley View Circle to take a report of a theft. The victim reported that two television sets had been delivered to the front door of the residence between Friday, November 29th and Wednesday, December 4th and had been stolen. There is no suspect description at this time. Anyone with information is urged to call the La Mesa Police Department at (619) 667-1400.

Online shopping can be a convenient way to get ready for the holidays but police warn residents not to let the season be ruined by delivery theft. They recommend always requesting a signature upon delivery to assure packages are left with a person. If possible, ship your purchases to a friend or neighbor who will be home and is expecting the package, or to your work place where there will always be someone to accept the delivery. Some websites with brick and mortar locations will allow you to ship to your local store for little or no cost and you can pick up purchases at your convenience. If you see suspicious persons in your neighborhood, peeking into windows or over fences, trying front door knobs, call the La Mesa Police Department immediately at (619) 667-1400. For incidents in progress that threaten life or property, dial 9-1-1.
Traffic Information:water tends to pool in outside lanes. Maintain proper following distance (3 second rule). This needs to be increased in wet weather. Be more alert watching for brake lights in front of you. Avoid using your brakes; if possible, take your foot off the accelerator to slow down. Turn your headlights on in a light rain and in gloomy, foggy, or overcast conditions to help you see the road and help other drivers see you. Never drive beyond the limits of visibility. The glare of oncoming lights, amplified by the rain on the windshield, can cause temporary loss of visibility while substantially increasing driver fatigue.

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Crime Prevention/Emergency Preparedness: Hide It, Lock It, Or Lose It. Help prevent vehicle burglaries. Take your valuables with you when you park your car, otherwise make sure they are stored out of sight. Always roll up your windows and lock the doors. Items such as laptops, tablet computers, cell phones, vehicle chargers for electronics, tools, purses and wallets, jewelry, and sunglasses are some of the most common items stolen from vehicles through May of this year. You are your own best crime prevention tool. Remember: Hide it, Lock it or Lose it.
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Comment by Marie McLaughlin on December 18, 2013 at 8:33am

The article was a little odd in that tracking on items usually will give you the specific delivery date.  Even if they were left on the porch for several days, that doesn't make it less awful for thieves to help themselves.  Unfortunately there are creeps who drive around shopping for items on people's doorsteps and in cars--especially during Christmas.

Comment by jean marmet on December 17, 2013 at 8:30pm

you can't fix stupid or dumb!

Comment by La Mesa Today on December 17, 2013 at 2:09pm


I'm not sure you can assume the TV sets sat for any specific length of time. It only states that the deliveries happened at some point during that period and the sets disappeared. The report did not specify the delivery date nor establish a narrower window for the thefts. I, like you, hope common sense didn't expect days of exposure to go unpunished, even in our sometime Mayberry-like world here in the Jewel.


Comment by David Stanley on December 17, 2013 at 1:09pm

You know, I read this story, the part about the televisions, twice and then returned again to look closer at the facts. So, these people had two television sets delivered to their front door and the sets sat there for, what was it, FIVE DAYS on the front porch? And they actually, really expected them to just sit there? Did I get this right? Do they really live in the same world as everyone else? They leave expensive television sets outside their front door knowing no thief would dare just walk up and take them?  And then they have the nerve to call the police and, with straight faces, report a theft?

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