BELMONT -- In an effort to keep delivered holiday packages safe and received by the intended recipient the Belmont Police is urging town residents to take a few steps to protect deliveries.
In light of the recent news events around the country and state where delivered packages are being stolen by "Porch Pirates," police say it is prudent to know a few tips to prevent such thefts of opportunity.
For example, if possible have items shipped to a work place to ensure someone will be available to receive an item.
Use delivery companies' tracking apps to keep an eye on the progress of a parcel to have some idea of when to expect a delivery.
When placing an order some delivery companies add a space for special handling instructions. This is where the recipient can ask that the parcel be placed around back of a residence or at an out-of-sight location on the property, perhaps a shed or garage area.
Those who live in an apartment or condo complex can request that if no one is home to receive a parcel that a notice of delivery be posted. That allows you to go to the delivering agency and retrieve the parcel at your convenience.
Being a good neighbor is important. Those who see something out of the ordinary should tell someone. During this busy season delivery companies are using rental trucks to help keep up the high volume of delivery, but if someone should see a vehicle at a neighbor's taking things away that is something to note and report.
When out shopping it is always a good idea to keep items out of sight in a vehicle when it is parked by placing them in the trunk or in the rear of the vehicle. Not everyone in a parking area is there to shop, police point out, and some looking for the right opportunity to steal things.
Park vehicles in a well lit area at night. When walking to a vehicle have the key fob handy with a finger ready to hit the panic button if urgent help should be needed.
To help combat and deter theft the Belmont police have stepped up patrols as well as being highly visible in and around our shopping and retail areas.
Police urge the public to call them at 267-8350 if they spot suspicious activity, callers may remain anonymous.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 09:36
WATERVILLE VALLEY — Sleigh Rides around the village at Waterville Valley Resort will make their first laps of the 2014/15 season on Friday, December 26. Rides last approximately 30 minutes and are scheduled to depart every half hour on Fridays 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Saturdays 1 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Sundays 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The rides depart from Town Square, where guests can grab a warming beverage from the country store or restaurant and get cozy by the outdoor fire pit.
Rides this year will feature an Austrian sleigh, equipped with upholstered seats and warm blankets, carries up to 12 passengers, and is pulled by two Belgian draft horses. This sleigh has the capability to quickly interchange runners with wheels, allowing for a longer season and more flexibility with routes. The ride will tour the village roads, which pass by scenic and historic homes and landmarks.
Rates are $18 for ages 13 and over, $12 for ages 2-12, and free for kids under 2 on a lap. The entire sleigh may be reserved for $185. For a more private experience, guests can reserve a small one-horse carriage for up to 4 guests. Rates are $100 for 2 passengers or $150 for 3 or 4 passengers.
Reservations are required, but even last minute reservations are welcome. For more information and reservations, please call the Town Square Front Desk at (603) 236-8175 or visit www.waterville.com.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 09:27
HOLDERNESS — Registration will open the first week of January for the 2015 Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) Winter Workshop, a one-day program where women can learn outdoor skills to enjoy during the winter months. The workshop will be held on Saturday, February 14, 2015, at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness.
Winter BOW participants choose a single outdoor activity to explore during the daylong workshop. Five different options are offered: Women can learn how to ice-fish, explore winter outdoor survival skills, track wildlife on snowshoes, try snowmobiling (beginners only), or experience the popular 'Shoe and Shoot' class featuring woodland target shooting on snowshoes. A brochure describing the workshop is currently available at http://www.nhbow.com. Registration forms for the winter workshop will be posted on January 2, 2015. Those interested in attending, are asked to visit the N.H. BOW program's website at http://www.nhbow.com on January 2, or soon after, and print out the registration form and mail it in right away.
A fee of $55 covers the workshop, lunch and most equipment use. New this year, a discounted registration fee of $25 applies to participants age 18-25. Participants must be at least 18 years old to take part in BOW programs. New Hampshire BOW programs are co-sponsored by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and the New Hampshire Wildlife Federation (http://www.nhwf.org), a nonprofit group that advocates for the promotion and protection of hunting, fishing and trapping, as well as the conservation of fish and wildlife habitat.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 09:16
LACONIA — With the holidays comes the spirit of giving and helping others. The Irwin Automotive Group will be helping the local food pantry in their mission to collect non-perishable food items for families in need. Help us fill up the pick-up bin at Irwin Automotive with food items for those less fortunate this season.
This food drive will run December 4th through December 23rd and you can drop your items off at the Irwin showroom located at 59 Bisson Avenue. Your support in these efforts will make the holidays happy for those in need, as they are able to share a special meal with their friends and families.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 08:31
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