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Money OPP offer tips to defend against ‘porch pirates’ over the holiday season

16:51  28 november  2019
16:51  28 november  2019 Source:   globalnews.ca

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Ontario Provincial Police are offering up some helpful tips in an effort to curb the theft of deliveries from the front porch of homes over the holiday season.

A recent survey by FedEx showed that one in four Canadians have fallen victim to so-called 'porch pirates.'

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One such incident happened in Fergus, Ont., on Nov. 8, when pet medication was stolen off the front step of someone's home in the small community north of Guelph.

OPP say a 15-year-old was identified and the package was returned to the house.

Their Fergus detachment has several suggestions on stopping porch pirates, like recommending that those expecting a package make arrangements to be at home for the delivery or ask someone, such as a neighbour or a friend, to collect it.

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Porch pirates run rampant this holiday season . Not only over the theft, but also the fact that the delivery person lied and because of that his package was stolen. “We’re seeing package thefts increase, especially now during the holidays when people are having so many more packages Both UPS and FedEx offer similar services allowing packages to be held at a secure location for pickup.

To keep porch pirates away, consider the following security tips from major couriers, including Canada Post. Choose an alternate destination. Canada Post offers a free online tracking app so you can monitor your package’s journey to your home. Customers can also sign up for delivery notifications.

A signature request or special delivery instructions can be left with some companies and residents should consider those options, OPP said.

"Even leaving a package out of sight may make all the difference," they said.

Another option is to have a package delivered to the recipient's workplace or held for pickup.

OPP mentioned the suspect in the Fergus theft was identified because the homeowner had surveillance footage.

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They said residents should consider installing a home security system that can send live updates to their smartphones.

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As always, OPP said any suspicious activity in the neighbourhood can be reported to the police.

Tips on how to defend yourself against porch pirates this holiday season .
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