Today is Cyber Monday and the online sales can be found at nearly every retail website. With holiday shopping in full swing and customers utilizing online shopping, there will be an increase of packages being delivered at residences. With this, the Homer Police Department is warning residents that unattended delivered packages may invite porch pirates.
Porch Pirates are a name given to those who steal delivered packages from porches. The porch pirates could be walking down the street checking front porches, or driving slowly around looking for unattended delivered packages. Homer Police want residents to help prevent porch piracy and say if you see something or someone suspicious, to call your local law enforcement.
Homer Police has also provided additional tips on how residents can avoid being a victim of a porch pirate. Those include:
- Choose a shipping option requiring a signature for the package
- Most delivery companies have a package tracking system, take advantage of it
- If you are not going to be home, have the packages shipped to another location, such as your work, or a friend or relatives house who will be home to accept it
- Leave special instructions to hold the package or to deliver it when you are going to be home or place it out of view
- Get to know your carriers, if you become aware of stolen packages in your neighborhood let them know
- Insure the package
- Get a post office box
- Consider the use of security cameras
- Thieves have been known to follow delivery trucks and steal packages moments after they are delivered. If you see something or someone suspicious, please call the police.