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Posted on Feb 2nd, 2017

Community Crime Prevention Tip
 
Porch Pirating
 
2/1/17
 
When having packages delivered to your home, beware of “porch pirating” — when a thief steals delivered packages from your doorstep or porch. Thieves can follow delivery trucks, watching for prime targets. These thieves commonly strike during working hours as many homes are empty at that time.
 
There are many steps that you can take to reduce the chance that your deliveries will be stolen. Here are some helpful tips to prevent the theft of your package.
 
·    Have your packages delivered to a location where someone can receive them in-person. A neighbor or relative who is usually home, for example, or your workplace if your employer allows it.
 
·    Encourage  your  neighbors  to  watch  for  deliveries  and  agree  to  secure  each  other’s packages. This includes being watchful for any stranger who is going onto porches for no apparent reason, or following delivery trucks.
 
·    Ask the shipper to hold your package at their facility. Most offer this service.
 
If you see anyone acting suspicious, call the police. Try and get as much information as possible; suspect / vehicle descriptions, license plates, the last direction of travel and any other information that would help identify the thief.
 
REPORT ALL SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY TO THE POLICE
Emergency: 911 * Non-Emergency: 703-792-6500 * Crime Prevention Unit: 703-792-7270
 
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