Packages Delivered to Porches Target of Thieves - KOAM TV 7

Packages Delivered to Porches Target of Thieves


Your Christmas gifts could be a target of thieves and burglars.
With online shopping quite common, many packages are being delivered in time for Christmas. But someone could be waiting in the wings to steal it from you. While others could be planning to break into your home.

They are “crimes of opportunity,” said Webb City Police Chief Carl Francis when asked about thieves taking packages off porches. “They're driving around. If they see a delivery truck of  some kind and see them  walking up to the front porch, they’ll drive around the block or something go up and steal it."  Chief Francis said, "We've had courier drivers come to our station and tell us they've been followed." 

While in Webb city it’s been a problem with packages on the porch, police  also warn citizens to beware of what your showing under your tree.

Chief Francis said, "Be careful about leaving your windows wide open. Everyone wants to show off their Christmas tree but that sometimes that also shows off the packages below the Christmas tree."
Sergeant Rusty Rives with the Joplin Police Department added, "Electronics are typically a hot item for theft  just because of the resale value. Most people don’t record the serial numbers like they should and there are multiple ways to resell them or get rid of them. Whether it be by pawning, whether that be through facebook sales, it’s just easy to get rid of."

Boxes in your trash can tell burglars what new items you've bought making your home a target.

“You've been burglarized?” we asked Bob Wynne.
" Twice.  Twice," he replied.
 For Bob Wynne and his wife, Dixie,  having a television, money and more stolen a few years ago, took an emotional toll.

Wynne said, “The  impact  from a burglary is that you feel personally violated because once you walk back into your house,   every time you walk into it  for several years later, you're always looking around to see if someone  is in here or are my doors locked."

Wynne'  neighbor's home was broken into last week. That raised new concerns. Wynne said, "It does from a security basis.  You think have I got all my doors locked?   Do my neighbors know when I’m gone so they can watch the house? There's actually a lot of security for this area but it can happen anywhere, anytime."
Wynne’s added a nest security camera to capture images of anyone entering the home. Something police say is helping catch package thieves as well.
Chief Francis said, "Turn on Facebook. Everybody’s got a picture of somebody sneaking up on the front porch stealing packages. You don’t see that in August."
But the best prevention is to make sure the package is delivered where someone can receive it in person.
 And like Wynne is doing in his neighborhood, police suggest looking out for your neighbors and if you see anyone suspicious call police.

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