Naples man wants stolen package back

Posted at 10:39 PM, Aug 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-07 22:39:36-04

A Naples man says someone stole nearly 200 dollars worth of computer equipment that was supposed to be delivered to him.

Dan Brown says his delivery confirmation showed his box was delivered around 12:45 August 2nd, when he got home from work three hours later to check for it, the package was gone.

"I think it was just a crime of opportunity, it sucks it happened," said Brown.

Brown's apartment complex at 8th Street North in Naples isn't gated.  The mail room doesn't have a secure area to lock up packages.  That's why Brown suspects one of his neighbors may have taken it.

"It's not a good feeling to have suspicions about your neighbors, whether it's locally or within a few blocks."

Security experts say apartment complexes should invest in cameras or special lockers for packages to thwart thieves.

Residents can take matters into their own hands by having packages forwarded to their workplace or having a trusted neighbor pick up their mail.

"Have the packages delivered to a Post Office box, or to the UPS and FedEx office, and they will be notified by that delivery service to pick up their package," said Walt Zalisko, with the Global Investigative Group.

But Brown says he's not going to let a mail thief make him live in fear.

"I never thought about a P.O. Box, it's just extra hassle, extra steps.  I try and simplify things, cameras?  There's a debate, what we give up in privacy and what we get for security."