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AustraliaThieves snatching up grocery deliveries outside houses, units

14:26  12 july  2019
14:26  12 july  2019 Source:   9news.com.au

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Light-fingered thieves are now thought to be targeting grocery deliveries, as food drop-offs get nicked from the doorsteps of houses and unit blocks.

In one incident, security vision shows a delivery driver pull up at an apartment block just after 3am.

He takes a Marley Spoon delivery from the back of a truck, and takes a photograph of it when he places it before the locked gate.

Thieves snatching up grocery deliveries outside houses, units© A Current Affair People have been caught on camera stealing grocery deliveries.

Twenty minutes later, the footage shows another car pulling up out the front of the same building.

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A passenger in a hoodie gets out, picks up the package, and leaves.

Property manager Richard Johnson said he believed thieves could be following delivery drivers, though he had no proof this was occurring.

Thieves snatching up grocery deliveries outside houses, units© A Current Affair Marley Spoon and Hello Fresh deliveries have been snatched up.

"It's just really petty and stupid, you know," he told A Current Affair.

At another apartment block in Sydney, thieves were also caught on camera picking up a Hello Fresh delivery left outside.

And at an Adelaide house, a driver was filmed leaving his car to grab another Hello Fresh delivery on the doorstep.

Thieves snatching up grocery deliveries outside houses, units© A Current Affair The thefts have been noticed in different cities around the country.

A similar incident was also caught on camera in Melbourne, with the thief at first leaving, and then returning to grab the box.

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Consumer expert Dee Madigan said it was a price we sometimes paid for convenience.

Thieves snatching up grocery deliveries outside houses, units© A Current Affair One expert said we should take steps to secure our deliveries.

"People have always stolen things and we've made it a little bit easier for them," she said.

She said people should re-think the way they got things delivered, and ensure buildings have secure drop-off points.

"Even though it's not the business's fault, people will stop ordering things if it gets stolen," she said.

Dave Malcolm from Marley Spoon said about 20 orders were stolen each week but that only comprised one per cent of total sales.

He said in most circumstances, customers who had their boxes stolen were immediately refunded, and that the company had no reports of drivers being followed.

"I would like to think that it's not maliciously premeditated," he said.

"They may see a box and see an opportunity to run away with it."

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