SALISBURY, Md. - The Salisbury Police Department says they are urging the following tips for delivery robbery prevention:
- Do not accept orders from blocked or unknown phone numbers. If you cannot verify a number through Caller ID place a call-back to verify the order.
- Look for signs of residence when you arrive at a location. Many robberies occur at a vacant house or apartment.
- Do not deliver to a dark house. Don't get out of your car. Drive past it and do a call-back. Refuse to deliver unless a light is turned on. If the order is legitimate, someone should be available to answer the phone and turn the light on.
- Park as close to the customer's door as possible to minimize exposure to the outdoors. Walk briskly. Be aware of your surroundings.
- Beware of pedestrians in the area. Be vigilant for persons dressed or behaving in a suspicious manner. Trust your instincts. If something doesn't feel right, it probably isn't.
- Don't open your car door if people are nearby. When you are on foot, avoid anyone outdoors who walks toward you.
- Always lock your car doors. Have the windows rolled up.
- Have a cell phone available to make call-backs, communicate with your employer and contact assistance in the event of an emergency. Report suspicious activity to police.
- Do not carry large sums of currency. Make regular cash drops at the store. Do not break large bills unless the change was less than $20. Do not carry personal cash, credit cards, ATM cards or other valuables on your person.
- If you are the victim of a robbery, do not resist. Simply hand over the money or food and get to a safe place as soon as possible. Obtain as much descriptive information as you can on the suspect(s) and contact police immediately.
Police say if you need assistance to call 911 in an emergency or Salisbury Police Department at (410)-548-3165.