“Porch Pirates” stealing millions of packages from doorsteps


millions of shoppers have been taking advantage of all those online sales all weekend long and with cyber monday sales happening now you really need to be careful where you send your boxes and tonight news 5 investigates the increase in cases of porch that ya thieves canvassed neighborhoods looking for just delivered packages to take right off your doorstep so we sent investigative reporter Patrick Nelson to find out how you can protect yourself from being the next target if you haven’t had a package stolen from your porch and you aren’t protecting yourself the numbers suggest that you could be next take a look in the last year 11 million people have reported packages being stolen from their doorstep almost all of these packages were taken during the daytime hours while the victims were away or at work in the crooks they know it’s easy money so they keep stealing most packages valued at between 50 and 100 dollars he’s just nonchalant I mean he’s just like he belongs here he walked up very casually and picked it up locked off didn’t look around just kind of got in his truck and drove off ken and artist charles say this was their first experience with a porch pirate I didn’t know anything but it turns out in the last six months Colorado Springs neighborhoods have seen plenty of people willing to take packages that don’t belong to them all of these surveillance videos are from the front of Colorado Springs homes one suspect was even out for a stroll with a young child when they spotted a package that was too good to pass up and here’s another person who really takes a good look before awkwardly walking away with the package investigators say surveillance video like this has changed the game for investigators it can be somewhat difficult in investigating however in today’s times we’re seeing a lot more video that’s out there noticeably shaken to learn about what’s going on ken Charles hopes police investigators will make an arrest that’s the only way it’s gonna stop yes having some backing from the police as investigators try to find the thieves people have started to get more aggressive in protecting their packages including the use of surveillance cameras that have speakers so victims can actually talk to the suspects hey hey hey hey put that down hey put that back put that back now the folks at ring surveillance say the repeat offenders are starting to get the message to leave the packages alone even if you can’t afford this kind of technology investigators say you need to take steps to protect those packages however you can be creative and not allowing those packages to be visible from the street or the sidewalk on your front porch for the Charles family this was all an important learning experience they say at the end of the day the joke is on the porch pirate oh it was so insignificant I’m glad he took it because he was shocked I mean that’s more aware of what we need to do to to watch out for it yeah that kind of thing happening in broad daylight so what do you do if you have a package stolen well first you want to notify police and also the US postal inspector who will investigate some of these cases as federal crimes also you can head to our website koat.com for a full list of options the better protect packages from people looking to steal them

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