UPS is in their busiest time of the year. Drivers are getting overtime and seasonal workers are helping out. This is normally great news as it means that everyone will hopefully get all of their holiday packages on time.
However, it also presents an opportunity for criminals. After an incident was captured on a security camera, UPS is issuing a warning to homeowners.
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According to an ABC News report, a little after 8:30 PM a man dressed in a UPS driver’s uniform approached a home in Houston, Texas and rang the bell.
He told the homeowner through the door that he needed a signature for the package. The homeowner opened the door and that’s when things went badly. According to the ABC report:
After the homeowner opens the door, the surveillance footage appears to show the man forcing his way into the home. Three other suspects brandishing guns and wearing hoodies or masks then appear and also enter the home.
Upon entering, police said the suspects assaulted a man inside the residence with a pistol. At some point during the struggle, a shot was fired, though no one was struck, police said.
The man was later transported to a local hospital for severe neck and head injuries, police said. Two women inside the house were able to grab two small children and lock themselves in closets to stay safe, according to police.
The suspects stole several pieces of jewelry and collectible firearms before fleeing the scene in a getaway car, police said.
UPS is assisting local authorities to try and determine how the suspect acquired the UPS uniform, which is normally only issued to full time employees, not seasonal workers. The company also released the following statement for their customers which includes advice on how to safely track and receive packages:
“If consumers are concerned about the identity of UPS personnel, they should ask to see a photo I.D. Consumers can also direct that the parcel be left at the door without a signature required. Residents do not have to sign for a delivery unless they specifically ordered that the delivery be made with ‘signature required.’
“Further, UPS offers online services including UPS My Choice, which provides email alerts on the delivery status and time frame for the delivery. Shipments also can be routed to a local UPS Access Point location if the consumer prefers to pick up the parcel at a nearby neighborhood UPS Store or other participating retailer, rather than having it delivered at their residence.”
Here is the security camera footage of the incident: