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How to prevent ‘Porch Pirates’ this holiday season

SOUTHERN OREGON, —If you’re getting a jump on holiday shopping, police want you to beware of Porch Pirates. Grants Pass Police says a rise in deliveries means a rise in thefts.

But there are things you can do to protect your packages. It recommends if possible sending your packages to work, telling a trusted neighbor to hold them for you, or using surveillance cameras.

“It’s really important that we get to know our neighbors and we all communicate and let each other know when packages are going to be delivered so we can watch out for each other and it’s important to keep an eye out for suspicious vehicles driving through,” said Lt. Jeff Hattersley with GPPD.

It says thieves will go neighborhood to neighborhood to look for packages, sometimes even following delivery drivers.

If you notice anything suspicious call the police.

NBC5 News Reporter Jenna King is a Burbank native. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Sports Business. During her time at the U of O, she was part of the student-run television station, Duck TV. She also grew her passion for sports through interning with the PAC 12 Network. When Jenna is not in the newsroom you can find her rooting for her hometown Dodgers, exploring the outdoors, or binging on the latest Netflix release.
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