Cops give delivery drivers a few safety tips

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2010 11:22 pm
Upper Darby cops give delivery drivers a few safety tips
Tuesday, March 9, 2010

http://www.delcotimes.com/articles/2010 ... 829210.txt
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By LINDA REILLY
Times Correspondent

UPPER DARBY — Matt Wilkie has been a pizza delivery driver for four years and took off an hour Monday night to learn safety tips for drivers from police.

Wilkie, 24, an employee of Marathon Pizza, 3027 Garrett Road, expressed concern about robbers targeting drivers and welcomed the opportunity to get information from experts.

He was joined by nine other drivers and pizza store owners to learn a variety of procedures and what to do to prevent being held up.

“I’ve never been robbed,” Wilkie said. “I came here because of the recent rash of robberies (including a recent delivery driver fatality in Philadelphia). I was anxious to get here tonight to learn.”

Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood, Capt. Anthony Paparo and Community Affairs Officer Thomas Nee presented the program in the police station, providing those in attendance with pamphlets to share with employees unable to attend.

“It’s pretty scary,” said Vince Ferri, 29. “I deliver for Domino’s in the Overbrook section of Philadelphia and deliver into Upper Darby. I used to be a driver for Denny’s Pizza and Keystone Pizza in Upper Darby and came here to get some safety tips. It’s always helpful.”

Chitwood announced the forum was planned after determining pizza and Chinese food delivery drivers were the most vulnerable in holdups.

“Our whole goal here is your safety,” Chitwood said. “If you see anything or suspect anything is wrong call 911.”

Nee, a 29-year veteran who has been delivering safety tips to a variety of groups since he was appointed to the post 10 years ago, warned drivers to be conscious of their fears.

“You need to look around and be aware,” Nee said. “Sometimes you might have a bad feeling and if you do, it may not be right.”

Nee suggested owners customize their order taking and ask more questions from customers and double check to see if the area code of the caller corresponds with the area of the delivery.

“They may be setting you up for a robbery,” Nee said. “It’s important to learn to question and challenge callers. Ask building number if its an apartment. This may prevent a problem to start with. After taking the order, call the number back and double check the address.”

“The area code is a big one,” Paparo said. “You know 215 is Philadelphia and most of our area code is 610 and 484.”

Paparo told storeowners to remove the business signs off the delivery cars.

“All you’re saying is — here I am,” Paparo said. “Safety is more important than the sale.”

Nee proposed drivers park as close to the delivery location as possible and take precaution if the house is dark, someone is waiting on the steps or an occupied car is parked nearby with the lights off.

“Drive around the block and have the store recall the residence,” Nee said. “When making a delivery, never leave the vehicle running.”

All three officers recommended drivers who are approached and threatened should throw the keys and food to the ground and run away.

“Most robbers are only interested in your money and what you’ve got and most don’t expect you to do that,” Paparo said.

“Carry a whistle or activate the car alarm,” Nee said. “What is important is the driver should call 911 immediately. Do not go back to the store first.”

Nee pointed out the importance of remembering details if robbed to assist in apprehensive like their mannerisms, tone of voice, tattoos and jewelry or if previously seen in the neighborhood.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2014 2:45 am
I have also heard of cops escorting drivers on deliveries whenever they didn't feel safe.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2014 4:46 pm
Great post. Safety should ALWAYS be first, no matter what. If the house is dark and the area is not very well lit, I call first. It ain't worth the risk.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2014 1:06 am
Tom-Tom82 wrote:I have also heard of cops escorting drivers on deliveries whenever they didn't feel safe.


Nice idea but implactical in practice.

I hate to say this but that would NOT work on a Friday, Saturday, MAJOR holiday night (Xmas Eve, Halloween, Labor Day weekend, Memorial Day weekend, Sinco De Mayo NEW YEARS Eve, Superbowl Sunday,etc.)

OR

If it did work the delivery would be very LATE as the cops would be taking care of "other more serious" things like drunk drivers, bar fights, domestic situations, etc.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2014 4:53 am
Racket_Man wrote:
Tom-Tom82 wrote:I have also heard of cops escorting drivers on deliveries whenever they didn't feel safe.


Nice idea but implactical in practice.

I hate to say this but that would NOT work on a Friday, Saturday, MAJOR holiday night (Xmas Eve, Halloween, Labor Day weekend, Memorial Day weekend, Sinco De Mayo NEW YEARS Eve, Superbowl Sunday,etc.)

OR

If it did work the delivery would be very LATE as the cops would be taking care of "other more serious" things like drunk drivers, bar fights, domestic situations, etc.


Sad to say, but I agree. In most places, the cops just don't have time for this. If you DID want them to go on suspicious deliveries, you'd have to establish a relationship with them and let them make a few in uniform deliveries before they'd respond to a single request for help.
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