Fort Worth (CBSDFW.COM) – Online shoppers, please be vigilant.
It is important to know when the package will arrive and try to go home to pick it up when it arrives.
As if the supply chain shortage is not enough to cope with this holiday, “porch pirates” are something homeowners need to pay attention to.
Porch pirates are people who steal packages and deliver them home.
Some people drove around the community looking for packages left at the front door. Others are dragging FedEx or UPS trucks, waiting for the packages to arrive.
After the truck drove away, they swooped in, picked up the package and drove away.
“Tarant County will not tolerate this situation,” Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney Sharon Wilson said. “We will prosecute these thieves who try to cash in by stealing people’s packages.”
As online shopping becomes more and more popular with consumers, this criminal behavior is worrying.
Over the years, this way of shopping has grown in popularity and became popular during the COVID pandemic, when people stayed at home trying to slow the spread of the virus.
The porch pirate took advantage of this and picked up the package that was delivered but not retrieved.
This crime is considered the theft of mail. If the theft involves packages from less than 10 different addresses, it is a Class A misdemeanor, with a maximum penalty of one year in prison and a fine of US$4,000.
The DA office stated that in Tarrant County, there were 69 such cases in 2020 and 51 by October 2021.
As people do more online shopping during the holidays, the Tarrant County Criminal DA Office recommends the following precautions:
Keep track of your package so you always know where it is.
Consider shipping your package to work-or to a friend or relative who will be home and can pick it up on delivery. In-store pickup and Amazon lockers are other options.
Install a security camera or package theft alarm in your home.
Arrange for your package to arrive when you return home.
If you are a victim: File a claim with the merchant and the shipper. If you have any evidence of theft—especially if you have video footage—please contact your local police station.
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