Risky Deliveries

By: Meryl Conant
By: Meryl Conant

We've heard of risky professions: police officer, soldier, firefighter. But, when you order your next pizza, think about the person delivering it to your front door.

Police say what is so dangerous about delivery jobs is they go everywhere and often times after dark.

"You always have it in the back of your mind, thinking about it, knowing it could happen to you," said Katy Bridgeforth of Waynesboro's Domino's Pizza.

That you could be robbed while delivering a pizza.

"Robberies of pizza delivery persons and other persons making night deposits from businesses that is a pretty common offense across the state," said Sgt. Kelly Walker of the Waynesboro Police Department.

It's happened twice in Waynesboro just in the past two weeks. First, people in masks accosted a Four Star Pizza employee and took his money, the second time, men in bandannas stole a Domino's pizza and sodas.

"It's pretty disturbing that is happened to us, but we are doing more safety stuff now so we are ok with it," Bridgeforth explained.

Like doing two call-backs instead of just one with new cell phone customers and continuing to make sure numbers and addresses match up in the computer system. There are no Waynesboro neighborhoods off limits but if a driver makes it out the door and something seems fishy?

"If we don't think its safe enough then they come back to the store and we can call customer back and let them know," Bridgeforth added.

"If they see something that does bother them, makes them feel uneasy or whatever, they can always call the Police Department and we will ride through the area and check out anything they are concerned about," Walker said.

Just last week two deliverers were robbed within five minutes of each other in Harrisonburg.


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