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Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Package thieves hit Argyle

The week before Christmas, presents began to disappear.

No one knew why, for the reason was unclear.

They were stolen! shouted people, angry with rage.

The police need to stop this thieving rampage.

They were upset and all agreed stealing Christmas gifts was an ugly deed.

It’s unlawful too, said the police chief, wanting to stop the package-stealing thief.

 

This is part of a poem I wrote in my children’s book Bo and the Christmas Bandit, and sadly, it describes what is happening in Argyle and around the country. Packages are being stolen from front yards, porches and entrance gates.

Recently, a UPS package from Amazon was stolen from an Argyle home in Country Lakes, and there have been other reports of packages being stolen. Denton police have also had multiple reports from their residents that someone has been stealing deliveries off their porches.

There are a few things residents can do to keep packages safe:

1. Pick up the parcel at the post office.

2. Keep a security camera pointed at your porch. The camera can be a deterrent to potential thieves, and if the package is stolen, the camera footage of the thief can help the police.

3. Use a signature confirmation. Ask your senders to require signature verification.

4. Use UPS My Choice or FedEx Delivery Manager. Both offer web applications that keep track of incoming packages.

5. Have the package left with a neighbor.

6. Post a warning sign of a security system. The threat of being monitored often stops a thief who does not want to be identified.

These are solutions residents might try to deter thieves. Always be sure to report any theft to the police.

Organizations

Keep Argyle Beautiful meets at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Community Room at Argyle Town Hall, 308 Denton St. KAB preserves and enhances the town’s natural environment through educational and motivational programs, and special events. For more information, visit www.keepargylebeautiful.com or email Deborah Cottle at dcottle@temporah.com.

The Argyle Chamber of Commerce meets the third Tuesday of each month for breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Lantana Golf Club, 800 Golf Club Drive. The office is in PointBank, 302 U.S. Highway 377. For more information, visit www.argylechamber.org or call 940-464-9990.

The Argyle Senior Center meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the Community Room at Argyle Town Hall, 308 Denton St., with exercise beginning at 10 a.m. followed by card games at 11 a.m. The ASC has a monthly luncheon on the third Friday of every month at noon. Those attending are asked to bring a side dish. Anyone age 55 and older is welcome to attend. For more information, call Stella at 940-464-7438 or Karen at 940-464-0506.

LYNN SHEFFIELD SIMMONS is the founder and past president of the North Texas Book Festival Inc. She is the author of 10 children’s books and two history books on Argyle. Her website is www.argylebooks.com She can be reached at lynn@argylebooks.com.