How to keep your holiday packages safe from thieves

Published: Nov. 30, 2021 at 2:52 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 30, 2021 at 3:07 PM CST
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - With the holiday season here, many Americans are turning to online shopping to buy their Christmas presents.

As those items go out for delivery, there may be porch pirates waiting to swipe those packages before you can take them inside.

“There’s a lot more online shopping this time of year, there’s a lot more activity as far as the postal service is concerned so there’s a lot more availability for criminals to as far as targets of opportunity,” Bossier sheriff’s Detective Clay Christian said.

According to C+R Research, 43% of Americans were victims of package theft in 2020; that’s 7% higher than 2019.

Christian said there are ways to ward off porch pirates.

“Be sure your porch or your front door area, wherever you get packages delivered, be sure that’s well lit. Invest in some motion lighting, and you can get door Ring cameras, any type of surveillance system,” he added.

If you become a porch pirate victim, Christian said to notify your local law enforcement agency.

“If you do have a package stolen, it’s important that you report it as soon as possible. Let us try to start checking the area for camera footage,” he added.

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