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RPD tips on deterring porch pirates this holiday season

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- With Cyber-Monday now behind us and holiday shopping in full swing, many consumers are left to wait for their purchases showing up on doorsteps.

But, they may not be the only ones waiting for these packages to arrive.

"It happens all over," said Rochester Police Officer Craig Jacobsen.

Officer Jacobsen says there has been an increase of porch pirate related thefts the last few years.

We asked him about what consumers can do to lower their chances of having packages stolen by porch pirates.

"So the biggest way to prevent any theft, is being there when the packages arrive and handling it yourself," said Officer Jacobsen.

But if you can't be at home when your order arrives, Officer Jacobsen says there are some options on what to do to help prevent your packages from being stolen.

"The first option is shipping to the site of the store," said Officer Jacobsen. "So you can pick up the package and they won't have it at their house and have the liability to have of someone taking it from their porch. A second option is to having a doorbell camera or camera security system at home."

That way, if your package is stolen, you have some idea of who it is and can report the theft to police.

"A third option would to have alternative sites," said Officer Jacobsen. "Like the back door or under a bush, or somewhere you feel is secure."

You could even have your packages delivered to your work or to a family members home, as long as you know they will be home during deliver.

"If it's left outside, it's an opportunity for someone who's driving by to see it and have the chance to jump out of their car and take that item quickly without being seen," said Officer Jacobsen.

When it comes time to ship your holiday gifts to family or friends out of town, make sure to let them know when they should be expecting the arrival of that package to reduce the chances of having it stolen.

Sarah Gannon

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