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Sioux City Law Enforcement warns residents of “Porch Pirates”

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"Porch Pirate" is a term used by some law enforcers to describe a thief who steals packages from residents' doorways.

Some Sioux City Police Officers say that crime is much more common this time of year. Every year, the Wednesday following Thanksgiving has been dubbed 'National Package Protection Day'.

Postal and courier services all across the United States try to help their customers prevent their newly shipped items from being stolen before they even get to open them.

"We do see an increase of thefts from porches, specifically gifts or other items that folks are buying for themselves or other people and typically that call will come through as they have had a package that was delivered today, it was confirmed to be delivered by the courier, I got home and it wasn't there," said Sioux City Police Officer Andrew Dutler.

Law Enforcement Officials say even homes equipped with security cameras are still at risk for package theft.

They say in that case, a resident might see a package dropped off, but someone unofficial and unknown to them could snag it soon after.

"What we'll do is we'll just determine the contents of what was in that order, and then we will have some sort of theft case depending on what was in the box, and how much it was worth, and we will investigate it from there," said Officer Dutler.

Officer Dutler also says there are several ways to protect yourself and your neighbors from porch pirates.

"It's always good to try and be home while that package is being delivered, obviously you can track your package, so trying to aim to be home during that time period. Or if you trust a family member or neighbor to pick up that order and hold it for you until you get home. We've also heard of individuals having packages delivered to work if their employer will allow them to do that," said Officer Dutler.

Several Sioux City Police officers say one extra way to spot a porch pirate, is to look out for vehicles that might be following delivery vehicles for too long.

Libbie Randall

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