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IMPD North District Crime Watch - Package Theft Prevention 2/3

  • July 08, 2021 1:04 PM
    Message # 10737891
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    With so many people taking advantage of on-line shopping and free quick shipping “Porch pirates” are more common than ever. There is a bounty of boxes on doorsteps year-round, especially during the holidays. Thieves are opportunists and they are always on the hunt for easy targets.


    Tools and Tech to Protect Your Packages:

    These devices and tools that can help keep your deliveries safe. They may even help you catch the culprit in the event of a grab-and-run.


            Outdoor security cameras. For maximum theft deterrence, make sure your outdoor security cameras are highly visible and clearly pointed at the package drop-off area.

            Video doorbells. Video doorbells are lower profile than security cameras, so they aren’t as effective as theft deterrents. However, they have perks that could still make them a good choice for your home, such as motion activation, easy installation, multifunctional features and a unique vantage point that’s more likely to catch a thief’s identity than an overhead camera.

            Package lockboxes. These can be installed near or in conjunction with your mailbox. While even a non-locking parcel box prevents theft by concealing your deliveries from the street, choose a lockable container for maximum security. Some lockbox styles have a slot for easy drop-offs but require a key for retrieval. With boxes that remain locked, USPS will work with you to ensure your delivery person has access. You must also communicate delivery instructions to other carrier drivers.

    • Track packages online to see exactly when they are on their way to your house. Take advantage of couriers' text notification service letting you know when a package has been delivered. Opt-in to receive the most up-to-date information available.
    • Signs advertising your home security system could be a good deterrent. Some residents will consider using “faux signs”; and even though there is no substitute for an actual security system, some “not so knowledgeable” thieves might not notice the difference.





    Gerardo Becerra

    Crime Watch – Crime Prevention Specialist

    Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department – North District

    Community Relations

    605 E Westfield Boulevard, Suite 100
    Indianapolis, IN 46220

    Office: (317) 327-3781


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