Preventing porch piracy as gift-giving season begins

Crime & Safety

As we get closer to the holidays, thieves — also known as porch pirates — can show up anywhere a package is delivered. 

Police say they strike all over the city.

“We have a lot of incidents where people are going up to porches and stealing packages off porches,” said Corporal Sharif Lockett with the Savannah Police Department Crime Prevention Unit.

Porch piracy is growing in Savannah and across the country. One report says 11 million homeowners had a package taken from their home last year.

While the crime has been one of opportunity, Lockett says they’re seeing instances where the porch pirates are creating those opportunities in the Hostess City.

“Recently, we’ve actually seen it where they’re following mail trucks — Fed-Ex trucks UPS trucks. They’re actually following these trucks and waiting for the people to make a delivery and then they’re going up right after they leave and stealing the packages,” Lockett said.

He adds the best defense against package theft is to have them delivered to the post office, adding the inconvenience is a small price to pay in comparison to package theft.

Lockett also suggests using tracking numbers on packages to pinpoint the delivery time, that way you can make arrangements to be there in person, or have a trusted friend or neighbor pick it up. 

Packages left alone are the most vulnerable to porch piracy.

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