Police chief offers tips to avoid porch piracy this holiday season.

November 9, 2020

Police chief offers tips to avoid porch piracy this holiday season.

LUDINGTON — The theft of packages is expected to be a bigger problem this year due in part to COVID-19, and Ludington Police Chief Timothy Kozal offers some valuable tips to avoid porch piracy.

“Over the years, going to your local department store for your shopping during the holiday season has become more of an inconvenience,” states Chief Kozal in a press release. “It is much easier, warmer and safer to shop online. Coupled with the pandemic, online shopping is even more prevalent this year.

“As a result, there will be an increase in the number of packages being delivered to you and your neighbors’ home. These may be left unattended for hours, leaving them vulnerable to being stolen.

“Security and doorbell cameras are useful during an investigation but do not always deter thefts from happening. The Ludington Police Department encourages everyone to review the following suggestions that will help prevent them from becoming a victim of package theft:

• Sign up for delivery alerts/pick up packages immediately.
• If allowed, have your packages delivered to your work.
• Have your package delivered to the home of a relative or friend that you know will be home.
• Utilize ship-to-store options
• Utilize package delivery lockboxes that are approved by USPS and other delivery companies.
• Request packages be signed for.
• Ask the carrier to place the package somewhere out of open view.”

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