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‘Tis the Season… for Porch Pirates!

From Pct. 4 Constable Mark Herman:

While kids are excitedly counting down the days to Christmas and the big visit from Santa Clause, there’s someone else who may be planning a holiday visit to your home.

Porch Pirates – those who steal packages from your front porch after the Amazon or UPS drivers make a delivery – may be planning a surprise visit to your neighborhood.

Constable Mark Herman’s Office advises to prepare for the possibility that they will visit your home, this can prevent you from becoming a victim.

Please follow the following safety tips:

-Always utilize package tracking to know when your package is out for delivery.

-Request a signature upon delivery whenever possible.

-If you are not home to sign your package, check for services that allow you to automatically redirect your delivery to a trusted neighbor’s address.

-Ask a neighbor to keep an eye out for your package.

-Take advantage of technology by installing a video doorbell or security camera to deter or capture photos of a thief.

-Invest in a porch lock box or mailbox sensor.

-Amazon, FedEx, UPS, and USPS offer lockers and post office boxes to keep your packages secure until you pick them up. Some of these services are free.

-Customize Delivery Times – So you receive can your packages near a desired time.

-Ship to the Store – If the retailer has the option, ship the package to the store, some retailers also offer contactless pickup.

-Leave Instructions – Leave instructions for your carrier, and ask them to place package in an area out of plain view.

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