Package theft increasing

The Amarillo Police Department says theft of packages delivered at residences and left by delivery services is increasing.

A police department spokesman says consumers should consider having packages delivered at businesses or should use tracking systems when available. Having packages delivered at UPS stores or Post Offices is another option.

Also, when given the opportunity to require a signature upon delivery, consumers are encouraged to pay the small fee. A Post Office spokesperson says the troubled economy may be the reason such theft is increasing.