How to Protect Your Packages From Porch Pirates

Tis' the season to watch out for porch pirates. The Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office is sharing some tips to keep your items safe this holiday season.

Posted: Nov 29, 2021 7:28 PM
Updated: Nov 30, 2021 7:37 AM

The Holiday season is now upon us, and that means a lot of people are online shopping for that perfect gift. Well, what if you found and ordered that gift, and moments after it was delivered, a porch pirate swiped it?

To protect your packages this year, the Vanderburgh County Sheriffs office is sharing some tips to avoid any stolen items.

"If your employer will allow you to have it delivered at work, I would do that between the hours of 8-5, or whenever," says Sheriff Dave Wedding. But if that's not an option, make sure you check the tracking number often, to ensure someone will be home when it arrives.

"Alert a neighbor, see if they can hold on to it while you're gone. We do that in my neighborhood," Wedding says. Having a video camera or Ring Device on the exterior of your home can also be helpful.

The goal is to have your package outside for a short amount of time. Wedding says it does happen, and they urge all porch pirate victims to file a police report immediately.

For those who are not shopping online, Wedding says parking lots are a thief's playground. "When you're parked at the mall or any large parking lots, be sure to cover or hide your valuables or shopping bags so they're not visible. If someone sees something they want, they will be bust a window to get it."

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