OPP asking residents to watch for 'porch pirates' over the holidays

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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.