How to outsmart “porch pirates” this holiday season


I’M ASHLEY AFONSO… ANC: MANY PEOPLE ARE TAKING FULL ADVANTAGE OF CYBER MONDAY BY PURCHASING GIFTS ONLINE AND HAVING THEM SHIPPED TO THEIR HOME. 22NEWS REPORTER TAMARA SACHARCZYK JOINS US WITH A WARNING YOU’LL WANT TO HEAR, BEFORE YOU CONFIRM YOUR ORDER. TAMARA: YOU’LL WANT TO BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR SO-CALLED “PORCH PIRATES.” THEY’RE THIEVES THAT WAIT UNTIL YOU’RE NOT HOME, THEN STEAL PACKAGES LEFT ON YOUR DOOR STEP. CROOKS CAUGHT ON CAMERA, STEALING PACKAGES FROM EMPTY HOMES… THEY’RE CALLED PORCH PIRATES.. AND THEY’VE ALREADY BEEN SEEN IN WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS NEIGHBORHOODS . OFFICER WILK: WE DO GET ESCALATED COMPLAINTS AROUND THIS TIME OF YEAR FROM PEOPLE HAVING PACKAGES TAKEN OFF THEIR PORCHES. CHICOPEE POLICE OFFICER MIKE WILK TOLD 22NEWS IT HAS ALREADY STARTED HAPPENING IN CHICOPEE. JUST TAKE A LOOK AT THIS VIDEO FROM GRATTAN STREET, WHERE A SURVIELLENCE CAMERA CAPTURED THE SUSPECT IN THE ACT. OFFICER WILK: SOMEBODY WENT ON SOMEONE’S PORCH, OPENED THE BOX TO TAKE IT, STARTED TO WALK AWAY, AND REALIZED THERE WAS A VIDEO CAMERA ON THE PORCH, AND THEN PUT IT DOWN AND LEFT. POLICE ARE NOW URGING YOU TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS, INCLUDING CUSTOMIZING YOUR DELIVERY. TAMARA SACHARCZYK: MANY DELIVERY SERVICES LET YOU PERSONALIZE WHERE YOU WANT YOUR PACKAGE TO BE LEFT. IF YOU DON’T WANT IT TO BE VISIBLE FROM THE STREET, YOU CAN DROP IT OFF AS A SIDE DOOR OR A BACK DOOR INSTEAD OF A FRONT DOOR. MIKE MANITSAS: I HAVE IT SHIPPED RIGHT TO WHERE I WORK AND PICK IT UP THERE, SO NO PROBLEM WITH THE FRONT PORCH. IF YOU CAN’T HAVE THE PACKAGE SHIPPED TO YOUR WORK, YOU COULD ALSO USE THE TRACKING NUMBER TO KEEP AN EYE ON THE SHIPMENT. THAT WAY, YOU’LL BE THE FIRST TO KNOW ONCE IT HAS ARRIVED AT YOUR DOORSTEP. TAMARA: ACCORDING TO BUSINESSWIRE, 11- MILLION PEOPLE HAD PACKAGES STOLEN

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