Keeping your packages safe from porch pirates

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Cyber Monday is a day when shoppers are busy snagging deals, but they’re not the only ones looking for a freebie. Police say porch pirates are on the prowl.

“They simply see a package on the porch and they take it,” said. Sgt. Trevor McDonald with the Wichita Police Department. 

As online shopping has increased over the years, police are seeing delivery theft throughout the entire year. 

“It’s widespread,” Sgt. McDonald said. “I don’t know that we see it in any one neighborhood. I’ve done pin maps on this before and you see that spread out through the entire city.”

Some retailers are coming up with ways to help combat the so-called porch pirates, like Amazon with its secure lockers and other big name stores will allow you to ship what you buy to a local store.

Another way to make sure your packages stay safe is to install surveillance cameras. 

“The security is nice because you can capture footage and be able to go back and review that footage,” said Kenny Bomholt, general manager at Wichita Audio Video.

Wichita Audio Video specializes in home surveillance and doorbell cameras. Some of the cameras the company has installed have helped prosecuting thieves in the past.

“Surveillance cameras do deter thieves, just them being there,” Bomholt said. “Even people have dummy cameras sometimes if they can’t afford to get a real camera.”

Police said there are a few more precautions you can take to keep your packages away from sticky fingers:

  • Have the package delivered to your work, a local post office or area store.
  • Require a signature for added security.
  • Ask a trusted neighbor to pick up the package for you. 
  • Also, if you see anything or one of your items is stolen, report it to police. 

“If you see anyone suspicious in a neighborhood or acting suspicious around delivery trucks, we ask that you please call 911,” said Charley Davidson with the Wichita Police Department. 

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