Thieves Target Absent Homeowners Stealing Mail and Packages - KOAM TV 7

Thieves Target Absent Homeowners Stealing Mail and Packages

“First thought I had when I saw the guy drive, or run, from the front porch to the car was...'they did not just leave a Kris Kringle for that family...something's not right.'"

She's sharing her story in hopes others won't be in the same situation as her neighbor. She witnessed three hooded men make way with a package from her neighbor's porch across the street in broad daylight, and she decided to follow the assailants.

“I saw the kid in the backseat takeoff from the back porch to the car running and they took off."

This is just one case in an investigation of more than a dozen mail thefts in the Southwest Joplin area.

“We don't know who exactly is doing it right now and we are asking if anyone does have any information about these thefts to please call the Joplin Police Department so we can follow up on those,” says Joplin Police PIO Captain Stewart.

Thieves are stealing mail right out of mail boxes and unattended packages on front doorsteps. Captain Stewart says absent homeowners are easy targets.

“With the increase in online shopping there's just an increase in the number of packages being left at residences, which increases the opportunity for theft. So it's just important to make sure to try to plan ahead and try to have somebody there to pick-up that package,” says Stewart.

During the holiday season residents are especially vulnerable theft. the easiest way to make sure you're not a target is prior planning."

Many mail carriers offer services to schedule or delay your deliveries.

If you plan on being away sometimes the safest thing is to arrange for pick-up at your local post office.

"I do feel like a lot of the entities that deliver gifts. They really are on top of it. As far as they'll email you as soon as it's been delivered and that's wonderful, but if someone is gone, or out of town, or at work, or whatever, it doesn't really matter."

If you see anything suspicious going on in your neighborhood contact authorities.

The JPD is asking for any information concerning the vehicle shown earlier.

In Joplin, Diane Gerstenfeld KOAM NEWS.
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