Thieves swiping packages from porches across the region

Posted at 12:48 PM, Dec 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-05 17:27:19-05

Porch pirates are staying busy swiping packages in neighborhoods across the Milwaukee metro.

The latest trouble is being reported in Whitefish Bay. Police say seven packages were stolen in a five-day period.

The areas being targeted:

  • 4900 block of N. Newhall St.
  • 5100 block of N. Bay Ridge Ave.
  • 800 block of E. Lake Forest Ave.
  • 5500 block of N. Bay Ridge Ave.
  • 5500 block of N. Bay Ridge Ave.
  • 5100 block of N. Kent Ave.
  • 5500 block of N. Bay Ridge Ave.

"I actually had UPS come the other day and I was sitting in my house. I didn't hear a knock or anything like that so I looked and there was  my package. Thankfully it was a large box so I don't think anyone could move it or steal it on their own," said Alexandra Stewart.

Police say it doesn't matter if the box is big or small, crooks are stealing just about anything. says 23 million Americans had packages stolen from their doorsteps last year.

Alexandra Stewart lives on North Bay Ridge Avenue. She just moved into her house two weeks ago.

"We love living here. We just moved here so it's surprising to hear this is going on so quickly after moving in," said Stewart.

So what can you do to protect your holiday packages?

  • Have your packages delivered at work.
  • Sign up for an email or text alert that lets you know when your packages is being delivered.
  • Or use an Amazon locker.