As the holiday season nears, the German Village Society reminds residents to be aware of leaving unattended packages on their front steps.

As the holiday season nears, the German Village Society reminds residents to be aware of leaving unattended packages on their front steps.

To combat any potential theft, the GVS said members can have packages delivered to the Meeting Haus at 588 S. Third St.

The announcement was made during the society's monthly luncheon with police, where local law enforcement updates the community on various police issues.

Jerry Glick, a society trustee, said in the past the GVS sporadically had allowed members to send packages to the Meeting Haus.

Glick said those interested should first contact the society before sending a package. In addition, the person should come with photo identification when retrieving the parcel.

"We can't have a post office here, but certainly if people know they aren't going to be home and it's something valuable, they can send it," Glick said.

Glick made the announcement after a local police officer advised a resident that a man in the area previously stole items from porches. The officer said recently a man was spotted following a letter carrier, but was scared off by another resident.

The officers also covered allowing city workers into a residence and noted a continuing problem with theft from automobiles.

Lt. Bob Meader reminded residents that if a city worker asks to come into a person's resident, the worker should have a city identification card.

Meader said there's been no widespread problem of people misidentifying themselves as city workers, but an incident did occur in the Linden area, where someone "identified himself as a city employee went up stairs and removed the plumbing -- the water lines -- and flooded the house."

"I know it didn't happen around here, but recognize it," Meader said.

As he has previously warned, Meader said residents should be wary of leaving items in their vehicles. He said it is a citywide problem and not just related to German Village.

"This has plagued the city," Meader said. "Don't leave stuff in your car. Leave nothing of value in your vehicle."