Companies are forecasting record deliveries this year with more than one billion packages making their way to consumers from Black Friday through the Christmas season. Many of those deliveries will be dropped off at the front door and not secured until the residents arrive home.
Law enforcement officers as well as commercial delivery services would like for everyone to receive their packages this year. No one wants to see these gifts wind up in the hands of thieves or “porch pirates.”
“Consumers can purchase insurance coverage on delivered parcels, but taking some preventative steps to avoid the delivery from becoming stolen is highly recommended,” said Mark Hanna, a spokesman for the Insurance Council of Texas.
Sgt. Robert Gomez with the El Paso Police Department said now is the time for everyone to keep an eye out for this type of crime. “These thieves are opportunists who are stealing packages simply because they are not protected. These criminals often follow the marked delivery vans and they have no idea whether they are stealing someone’s medical prescription or something valuable. Neighbors should keep a sharp eye out for anyone who appears to be going from home to home without knocking on anyone’s door,” said Gomez.
Law enforcement officials recommend several tips on preventing packages from becoming stolen. These tips include:
- Provide delivery instructions to place the package out of sight from the street.
- Ask that the package be delivered to your work or an alternative delivery site.
- Have neighbors keep an eye out for deliveries to your home.
- Make any would-be thief aware that you have a monitored home security system.
- Track your deliveries online so you will know when to expect your package.
- Insure valuable items.