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Porch Pirates

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Published on December 4, 2019 -

Porch Pirates

Holiday package delivery usually means a spike in "Porch Pirates" - people waiting to take those packages while you're not home.

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Porch Pirates

If you ordered gifts online, any day now, packages will start showing up on the doorstep.

Holiday package delivery usually means a spike in "porch pirates" - people waiting to take those packages while you're not home.

Our cash matlock joins us live in the studio with more on how local law enforcement are working to prevent this.

Guys, fortunately, several agencies i spoke with today say they haven't had many reports of stolen packages yet... and they hope it stays that way.

It never fails.... ... every year, thousands of packages are stolen off people's doorsteps and porches.

Lieutenant andy long with the amory police department says getting caught taking something that's not yours... can land a person serious jail time.

"if they take it off the porch, in the state of mississippi that would be tresspassing, which is a misdemeanor and then the theft of it would be determined on the amount of the product, depending on what you had delivered, or what they wind up taking."

If the stolen item is worth a thousand dollars or more, long says that's considered grand larceny, which is a felony.

Aberdeen police chief henry randle says there are several steps you can take to prevent something like this from happening to you.

"make sure you got somebody there to pick it up because you do know that holiday season brings about a lot of activity that's unwanted."

"make sure you're talking to your neighbors.

Neighborhood watch could be as many as you and your neighbor."

Lt.

Long says so far this holiday season, they haven't had any reports of stolen packages, but they did have one earlier this year.

"thanks to a doorbell video, with high quality video, we were able to identify that suspect and successfully prosecute them."

If you see someone taking your delivery or your neighbor's... police advise you to ?not?

Confront the thief.

"if you see someone that's not from the neighborhood or you see someone in the backyard, please pick up the phone, call 9- 1-1 or your local agency to get a car in that area because a brief description of someone goes a long way."

"keep your eyes on them.

Don't try to interact with them.

Don't try to stop them to hold them.

You'll wind up possibly having some civil or possibly criminal issue going on with your self."

A recent study by comcast shows 1 in 4 people have had a package stolen from their home.

Again, police say if you have anything stolen, or see something suspicious in your neighborhood, call 9-1-1.

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