Can the Landlord Do Anything to Help Prevent Package Theft?

Posted on Monday December 11, 2017

Q. Packages, including mine, have been taken from the mailroom of my rental apartment building in Hudson Heights. I filed a police report and alerted building management. Someone was arrested. But I am still concerned about security in our non-doorman building. For example, I saw a deliveryman using a credit card to pop open the lock to the entrance door to make a delivery. I have spoken with neighbors about circulating a petition demanding that the landlord improve security. But what are our rights? With the holidays coming, deliveries will only increase.
A. Every year, more of us do our shopping online. By the time the holidays roll around, building lobbies look like post offices, with packages piling up in mailrooms and behind concierge desks. For burglars who aim for low hanging fruit, it doesn’t get much lower than a stack of boxes sitting around an unattended lobby.
Package management “has become a big issue in buildings,” said Dan Wurtzel, the president of FirstService Residential New York. Click here to read the full article. 

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