Boise businesswoman helping community one package at a time

Posted at 5:14 PM, Nov 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-09 19:14:15-05

If you're one of those folks who's already begun tackling your Christmas wish list, a Boise businesswoman is offering a way to safeguard your holiday mail. 

Sabra Haney, owner of Need to Bead, wants to help the community keep their holiday packages safe. 

"Well, it seems like every year at Christmas, you hear about people having things stolen off their porch," Haney said. 

Offering neighbors the option to have their mail shipped to her store at no cost, signed for by her employees, and safely guarded by Ms. B, the store mascot. 

"We'll take their product in here and just hold it, and give them a call when it shows up," Haney said. 

Police say the holiday season is an opportune time for thieves looking to steal packages on doorsteps or in mailboxes.

In 2016, Boise Police received at least 16 reports of mail theft between Nov. 1 and Dec. 31. 

"People will order gifts, things of that nature," said Sgt. Ed Fritz, Crime Prevention Supervisor with the Boise Police Department. "So, with packages sitting out in the doorway, it leaves an opportunity for a criminal to come by and take them."

Haney hopes the community will take her up on her offer to safeguard important holiday mail.

"I figured, if I could be part of the solution to help alleviate the problem," Haney said. "...then why shouldn't I offer that to my neighbors that live close by?"