As we approach ‘porch pirate’ season, tips from police


ROCHESTER, Minn. – We are inching closer to the holidays, and usually that means a busier time for postal services.

But there are criminals, now referred to as “porch pirates,” who are looking to steal delivered packages. In fact, millions of Americans were victim of this crime just last year.

We talked to a local crime specialist who says preventing this from happening could be up to your neighbors.

“Alert your neighbors that I am expecting a package and would you keep an eye out, that’s where neighborhood watch is very helpful for people who are home during the days when the deliveries would be made,” said Darrel Hildebrant with the Rochester Police Department.

He says another good trick is to have your mailman slide the package into a doggy door if you have one.

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