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Beware of Porch Pirates this Holiday Season
November 28, 2016

The Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office is cautioning residents about "porch piracy".

Porch pirates have already struck in our county and will likely continue their raids throughout the holidays. These pirates snatch packages from the front doors of homes and make off with the loot. Porch pirates have been known to follow UPS and FedEx trucks, grabbing packages soon after they are delivered.

A Vanderburgh County resident had her packages pilfered last Friday, arriving home to find the empty boxes torn open and discarded in her driveway.

How to defend against porch pirates:

  • Bring in packages as quickly as possible.
  • Sign up for text based delivery notifications through your online retailer.
  • Ask a neighbor to bring your packages inside if you are not home.
  • Consider deterent options such as a Package Guard or a Security Camera.

According to the National Retail Federation, almost half of all shopping will be online this holiday season. With a few precautions, we can prevent these pirates from making off with our holiday treasure.

Image courtesy of Turner Entertainment Co.

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