The University Place Police Department reminds you that thieves love the holidays. And with the exploding popularity of online shopping, they no longer have to break into your home to steal your gifts. They can simply grab them right from your porch.
Just this week, the UPPD received information from an apartment complex near Cirque Drive and Bridgeport Way that a male subject on a bike had been prowling through the complex and seen stealing items off residents’ front porches. Video of the subject was shared with patrol officers. The suspect was located in the neighborhood, wearing the same clothing and riding the same bike. He was arrested for theft and drug possession.
According to C+R Research, 36 percent of those who made online purchases have been a victim of package theft. Of those, 44 percent have had a package stolen at least twice.
To protect yourself and your purchases, the UPPD recommends you:
- Purchase a porch lock box/device that will protect your home deliveries from thieves while you are away.
- Install outdoor cameras that can capture suspicious activity and porch piracy.
- Make arrangements to have packages delivered to work or to a location where you know someone is present to receive them.
- Talk with your neighbors and work together to ensure packages are safe and suspicious behavior is reported to 911 as it occurs.
- Take advantage of the latest apps to remotely activate and monitor security systems and cameras.
“The recent arrest of a porch pirate is an example of great teamwork and information sharing between the Police Department and the community,” said U.P. Police Chief Greg Premo. “It demonstrates, yet again, how by working together we can really make a positive impact in our neighborhoods.”Print This Post