More and more people are doing their shopping online, but what can you do to make sure that what you order doesn’t end up in the hands of a criminal?
In this week’s “Don’t be a Victim” segment, we talk to police about ways to prevent package theft.
Police have a name for these thieves who are on the lookout for packages left on doorsteps— they call them porch pirates—and here’s what you can do to cut down on your chances of becoming a victim of one of them.
“Always track your packages through online, through the post office, it’s always a good idea to do that,” said SCMPD Crime Prevention Officer Sharif Lockett.
Police suggest having packages delivered to your work address or having a neighbor you can trust watch for it if you can’t be there.
“If you are expecting to be out of town when a package is supposed to be delivered, have a neighbor watch out for when the package is going to be delivered,” Officer Lockett said.
You can also require a signature for all deliveries.
“You can always have the post office just put a receipt on your door if you are not home and they happen to come and that way you can just go pick up the package later at the post office,” he said.
There’s also a lot of new technology that can also help you out—like Ring—that rings your phone and allows you to speak with whoever is at your door.
And while surveillance cameras are not always 100 percent effective in deterring crime, they can give police something to go on if you are a victim of package theft.
“The police department would have something to go off such as a suspect description or something of that nature,” Officer Lockett said.
You can also find out if you can pick items you buy up from the store instead of having them delivered to your home if you won’t be there.
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