Holiday Package Theft Prevention Tips


IT’S A PROBABLE YEAR, ITEMS STOLEN OFF DOORSTEPS AND LOBBIES. CBS 2’S TONY AIELLO WITH HOW YOU CAN PREVENT IT. Reporter: THEY ARE A TEMPTING TARGET FOR PORCH PIRATES, PACKAGES RIPE FOR THE PICKING. I TRY TO SCHEDULE DELIVERIES IF I CAN WHEN I KNOW I’LL BE HOME BUT YOU NEVER KNOW. I HAVE NOT BEEN A VICTIM OF A PORCH PIRATE YET. Reporter: BUT MANY HAVE BEEN. THE CRIMES OFTEN CAPTURED ON SURVEILLANCE VIDEO. PEOPLE JUST RUNNING ON THE PORCHES TAKING PACKAGES AND RUNNING OFF WITH THEM. Reporter: BY ONE ESTIMATE, MORE THAN 20 MILLION AMERICANS HAVE HAD PACKAGES STOLEN FROM THEIR HOMES BEFORE THEY COULD EVEN OPEN THEM. YOU’RE EXPECTING THINGS TO SHOW UP ON TIME AND THEN IF THEY’RE NOT THERE, THAT’S UPSETTING. THE CHRISTMAS SEASON IS JUST BEGINNING. SO WE ARE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR IT. Reporter: POLICE SAY THERE ARE SOME SIMPLE WAYS TO FOIL PORCH PIRATES INCLUDING INSTRUCTING DELIVERY SERVICES TO LEAVE PACKAGES AT A SIDE OR REAR DOOR. IT’S A CRIME OF OPPORTUNITY SO IF THE OPPORTUNITY IS NOT THERE BECAUSE THE PACKAGE IS OUT OF SIGHT, THAT’S ALWAYS A GOOD WAY TO GO. Reporter: OTHER SUGGESTIONS, REQUIRE THAT SOMEONE SIGN FOR A PACKAGE ON DELIVERY. HAVE PACKAGES DELIVERED TO YOUR WORK SITE OR A NEIGHBOR. AND CONSIDER USING A SERVICE SUCH AS AMAZON LOCKER, THERE ARE 20 IN OUR AREA. SAFE LOCATIONS FOR FREE PICKUP OF PACKAGES. SOME PARTS OF THE COUNTRY IT’S SUCH A MENACE POLICE ARE GETTING CREATIVE TO CATCH THEM IN THE ACT. DEPARTMENTS IN CALIFORNIA AND FLORIDA ARE CATCHING THIEVES WITH BAIT PACKAGES. THEY CONTAIN GPS TRACKING DEVICES IN THEM. Reporter: IF STOLEN THE BAIT PACKAGES CAN BE TRACKED

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