Protect your packages from porch pirates


>>THIEVES YOUR PORCH STEALING YOUR HOLIDAY PACKAGES.>>U.S. MAILMAN DROPPED IT OFF. U.P.S. DROPPED IT OFF ON THE PORCH. WENT AROUND THE CORNER. THEY WERE IN FRONT OF THE HOME TAKING IT.>>Reporter: THERE ARE WAYS TO PROTECT PACKAGES. HELP ME HANK WITH A SECURITY ALERT KEEPING YOUR ITEMS SAFE AT HOME AND KEEPING YOU SAFE WHILE YOU SHOP.>>SITTING ME UP TO BE AN EASY TARGET.>>ABSOLUTELY.>>Reporter: DURING THE LAST MONTH OR SO THERE WERE SEVERAL ALERTS ISSUED BY POLICE HERE IN METRO DETROIT WARNING PEOPLE OF PORCH PIRATES STEALING PRESENTS.>>ONLINE SHOPPING GROWS, SO DOES THE CRIME. CONSUMER INVESTIGATOR HANK WINCHESTER HAS A LOOK AT STAYING SAFE.>>Reporter: HOLIDAY PACKAGES ON PORCH ONE MINUTE. TAKEN BY THIEVES THE NEXT. TONIGHT WHAT YOU CAN DO TO PROTECT YOUR HOLIDAY PACKAGES HERE AT HOME. ALSO WHAT YOU SHOULD BE DOING TO STAY SAFE WHEN YOU ARE AT THE MALL. IT HAPPENS SO FAST. GIFT GRABBERS, THIEVES ON THE MOVE LOOKING FOR THE NEXT TARGET. POSSIBLY YOUR HOME. POLICE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR THESE CROOKS. BUT THEY ARE SNEAKY, FAST AND OFTEN HARD TO TRACK DOWN.>>BECAUSE THESE CLOWNS DRIVE AROUND AND DRIVE AROUND IN A U-HAUL OR BUDGET TRUCK.>>WHEN THEY SEE PACKAGES LIKE THIS OUT FRONT THEY THINK.>>THEY ARE GONE.>>Reporter: RETIRED POLICE ETECTIVE TOM BARRY WORKING NOW TO SHOW YOU HOW TO KEEP THE CRIMINALS AWAY FROM YOUR HOME. DURING THE HOLIDAYS.>>IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD, LIVONIA, WHAT WE DO IS WE HAVE A PACT. IF THEY SEE STUFF ON MY PORCH SITTING NEXT TO MY FRONT DOOR OR I SEE THEIR FRONT DOOR, THEY ARE COMING TO GET IT. SCHEDULE DELIVERY OF YOUR PACKAGES. WHEN YOU BE HOME OR HAVE THEM DELIVERED TO ANOTHER ADDRESS. LIKE THE OFFICE. YOU CAN HAVE ITEMS SENT TO A LOCAL FED-EX O U.P.S. STORE. AND AMAZON IS NOW SITTING UP SPOTS LIKE THIS INSIDE OF SOME 7-11 STORES. CODE IS SENT TO YOU AND Y PICK UP THE PACKAGE ON YOUR TIME LINE. YOU MAY THI THAT MOUNTING SECURITY CAMERA NEAR THE FRONT DOOR WOULD BE ENOUGH TO KEEP THE THIEVE AWAY. ALL THAT CAMERA DOES IS RECORD AN IMAGE OF THE THIEF TAKING YOUR PACKAGE. ONCE YOU HAVE REVIEWED THAT FOOTAGE THEY ARE LIKELY LONG GONE.>>SOMETIMES YOU HAVE A CAMERA. I CALL IT IFFY THIEF. I AM REALLY WANT TO BE A THIEF BUT I AM NOT SURE. I AM NOT GOOD YET. AND SEE CAMERAS AND LEAVE IT ALONE. BUT THESE GUYS HAVE GUTS.>>NOW THIS PRODUCT.>>SIMPLE. SIZES OF A FRISBEE.>>YOU CAN BUY PACKAGE GUARD. WHEN DELIVER IS HE MADE AT THE HOME CUSTOMERS RECEIVE A TEXT ALERT F THIEF TRIES TO STEAL THAT PACKAGE. YOU CAN PURCHASE SOMETHING LIKE THIS TO STORE YOUR PACKAGE N BUT CONTAINERS ARE COSTLY. BUT COULD BE A GOOD INVESTMENT FOR ACTIVE ONLINE SHOPPER.>>U.P.S. MAN HAS A CODE TO THE BOX. SO HE CAN TAKE IT. OPEN IT. PUT THE PACKAGES IN. ONLY THING THAT IS A PROBLEM IS IF IT IS TOO BIG.>>Reporter: THIEVES LURKING IN PARKING LOTS AND AT THE LOCAL MALL.>>MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE LOOKING AROUND AND YOU KNOW YOUR SURROUNDINGS AND IF YOU CAN YOU WANT TO BE SHOPPING WITH SOMEONE ELSE. MORE IMPORTANTLY HAVE A KEY FOB WITH YOU. IF ANYONE APPROACHES YOU. HIT THE ALARM. WE HAVE A SOUND GOING OFF. DRAWING ATTENTION.>>Reporter: DO NOT DO WHAT I HAVE BEEN GUILTY OF DOING. WALKING AND LOOKING DOWN AT THE PHONE INSTEAD OF PAYING ATTENTION TO WHAT IS HAPPENING AROUND YOU.>>THAT’S ONE MISTAKE I MAKE. SITTING ME UP TO BE AN EASY TARGET, RIGHT?>>ABSOLUTELY.>>Reporter: REMEMBER TO PROTECT YOUR CAR. ONE MORE TIP FROM THE FORMER POLICE DETECTIVE. WHAT DID THIS PERSON DO WRONG?>>IF YOU NOTICE IN THE BE FRONT SEAT PACKAGE WIDE OPEN. ANYONE WALKING BY WILL SEE IT. SIMPLY BREAKOUT THE WINDOW. TAKE THE PACKAGE. EARLY CHRISTMAS PRESENT. DO NOT LEAVE PACKAGES VISIBLE. PUT THEM IN THE BACK OF THE VEHICLE. COVER THEM UP WITH A BLANKET.>>Reporter: SOME OF IT COMMON SENSE. BUT IT IS CRITICAL INFORMATION. IMPORTANT REMINDERS. ALL TO KEEP YOU AND YOUR FAMILY SAFE.

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