Recently Iola Police Department has had several reports of packages being stolen from their residence. Here are some home security tips to protect against package theft. Have packages delivered to where you are, not where you aren't. Your home is not the only place you can have your packages delivered. For example, if you work during the day, have items you order online delivered to your place of business instead of your home address. Instruct family and friends to do the same for packages they mail to you throughout the year. Set up alternative delivery/pickup options through your local delivery services. Whether the majority of your packages are delivered by the U.S. Postal Service, UPS, or FedEx, each offers alternative delivery and pickup options. For example, UPS has an expanding Access Point network that provides for delivery and pickup of packages at local grocery or convenience stores in various neighborhoods. When you sign up through this network, UPS will deliver your packages to the access point of your choice. You can also set up delivery of your packages with a neighbor or a UPS store near you. Require a signature for packages you mail to family and friends. When mailing packages through your local post office or another delivery service, require the packages to be signed for when they are delivered. The small fee associated with this service is well worth the peace of mind you'll receive in knowing that your package will not fall prey to the hands of a thief.