Prevent porch pirates from stealing your Christmas cheer

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Thieves are ready to steal some Christmas cheer from your front porch.

Christmas is exactly one week away and many of those gifts you ordered online are headed to your doorstep and if you’re not home when they arrive, a porch pirate might get to them, before you do. 

‘Tis the season of giving… and taking?

“Had 12 since around the first of November so far,” said Lt. Michael Johnson with the Huntsville Police department.   

There have been 12 incidents of porch pirates stealing packages from the door steps of Huntsville residents and three in Madison County. That may not seem like a lot, but those are just the ones that have been reported.

“If something hasn’t arrived yet, there could be a big time delay when people go to reporting, so that number could be expected to go up just a little bit,” Johnson explained. 

Last year nearly 26 million Americans were victims of package delivery theft during the holidays, according to a report by “Insurance Quotes.”

To prevent porch pirates from snatching up your packages, just pick them up at the store or post office or have them delivered to your job.

WZDX caught up Jennifer King at the Walmart Pickup line, she said she prefers going to the store to get her packages. 

“I worry about people coming down my driveway and actually getting things off my porch. We live out by ourselves, so if we have a bunch of packages there, it’s just a hazard,” King said. 

If you get an alert saying your package was delivered, but it’s nowhere to be found file a police report, and having video helps them catch the thief.

“Out of the 12 cases that we did have reported officially, only two or three of those individuals actually had video surveillance and actually only one or two of those had a video of the perpetrator,” Lt. Johnson added. 

You should also sign up for delivery updates to find out the drop off times and keep your packages from sitting outside. 

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