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.