OPP asking residents to watch for 'porch pirates' over the holidays
Upper Ottawa Valley OPP are warning residents to be wary of so-called 'porch pirates' during the upcoming holiday season.
The term refers to thieves who steal packages delivered to front doors while the homeowner is away.
Police have offered a number of tips to help residents keep their belongings safe from unwanted recipients:
- Request a signature on delivery
- Ship the package to a trusted neighbour or relative who will be home
- Have the packages delivered to your work - if allowed by the employer
- Track your deliveries on-line so you know when they're slated to arrive and plan to be home upon delivery
- Opt for in-store or curb-side pickup wherever possible
- Install video cameras and post signage to indicate surveillance is in effect
- Request the package be left out of sight at a rear or side door
Police said if a package is stolen from a home, residents should report it immediately to police and the shipping company involved.
Those who notice any suspicious activity in their neighbourhood is asked to contact police or Pembroke/Renfrew County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or at www.valleytips.ca.