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Cyber Monday package arrivals luring porch pirates

Posted at 7:46 PM, Dec 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-04 20:48:21-05

Two days after Cyber Monday, the physical deliveries to homes are starting to make their way to doorsteps.

With porch pirates looking to take advantage, local law enforcement are encouraging package recipients to be cautious with deliveries.

“We always have packages,” said Sara Rosenblum. “My mom does especially because she’s disabled.”

Whether is UPS, USPS, FedEx or Amazon, the deliveries are necessary because it’s hard for Rosenblum’s mother to get around.

“Basically, my strategy is to worry about it,” Rosenblum joked when asked about how she keeps packages safe.

Officer James Dills said coordinating with couriers is key. The number-one goal is to get the package out of sight until you get home.

“It seems like the calls for package thefts do increase around the holidays. I know ordering online is convenient, we don’t always want to go to the stores, but I do encourage people to go to the store if they do have time,” Dills said.

The Bayside Police department put out several reminders on Facebook to help keep packages safe:

-Install a security camera or doorbell camera at your front or back door. Many cameras or doorbell cameras will send instant alerts to your phone with a live video feed and will archive footage.
-Have your package held at the Post Office for pickup
-Require a signature confirmation upon delivery
-Select the "ship to store" option instead of your home address
-Have the package delivered to a friend or relative who you know will be home