POLICE are warning the public about delivery thefts after an increase in people stealing packages from outside homes.

West Yorkshire Police said there has been a rise in the theft of parcels which have been left in safe areas, and especially communal areas, by delivery drivers, during the lockdown period.

The force has outlined it will pass on any advice to couriers - such as Amazon and Hermes - that it deems appropriate.

But, officers are also encouraging home owners to do their bit to protect their delivered goods.

Advice includes: 

• Ensure all communal external doors are locked and not propped open.
• Challenge people who are wanting access.
• Maintain communal areas.
• If there is an option to leave a telephone number and to receive a text once delivery has been then do so.
• Try and obtain a short time slot – not always available with some companies.
• Ask landlords to assist with secure internal storage areas, the Police will approve those that are "Secured by Design" accredited.
• Be vigilant and look out for each other.

West Yorkshire Police Crime Prevention Officer, Paul Denison, said: "With our movements being restricted at this time, more of us are turning to online organisations and delivery firms to bring goods to our doorstep.

"This in itself can cause its own issues, especially for those of us that reside in homes with a shared communal reception area or hallway.

"The big delivery companies like Amazon, Hermes, Yodel, Parcelforce and Royal Mail will have their own policies in relation to deliveries through the COVID 19 outbreak.

"The drivers must ensure their own safety and the safety of others first and foremost but must also have consideration for the safe delivery of those products they are delivering."