ST. LOUIS (KPLR) - Caught on camera, a porch pirate. He stole on camera, and is still out there. And we're sure 'he' is not the only one. This is proof, 'tis the season to think security.
You`re going to see more package deliveries as we head into the holiday season, so we thought it’s time to the people who deliver and receive packages.
A guy steals a package from a house in the city. It's about 5:30 in the evening. The homeowner Kevin was expecting the delivery but found nothing when he got home from work. 'There were two packages; both clothing and he took them both. I actually had three packages but he missed the third one.'
This is the fifth time he's been hit in five years. So Kevin says he installed a camera on his porch. 'The video camera alerts my phone whenever there is movement detected. And I detected when the mailman came at 1:52pm. While I was driving home I detected some motion too which was the thief stealing my package.'
If you`re not going to be home and you expect a package to be delivered by your mailman, the US Postal Service's new website 'myusps.com' allows you to register the address you want a package delivered to according to Valerie Welsch. 'You`ll receive an alert letting you know the package has been delivered.'
You then go to the Post Office and pick it up. You could send packages priority express or priority. It costs more but it's a form of protection. Welsch says people on the block could help you. 'If you`re not going to be at home ask a trusted friend or neighbor to pick up your mail as soon as it`s delivered.'
Delivery services like FedEx and UPS offer suggestions for shipping and receiving as well. Jeff Kimberlin is a UPS store owner. 'There are certain things you can do at point of shipment like require a signature. There`s a small added fee for that, but that does require for someone to be home and the UPS driver give it to a person and not leave it on the front porch. '
Expensive items are worth insuring. Depending on how much insurance you buy, the UPS system will automatically require a signature at delivery. Or Kimberlin says consider the new UPS Access Point. 'You can have your package from Amazon for example shipped to a local retailer hopefully in your neighborhood that`s convenient to you and they have, a secure way to sign for that package, for you on your behalf.'
Kevin is expecting more deliveries. 'It`s upsetting because holiday season is coming up. We`re going to get more packages delivered and I don`t want to worry about all my packages getting stolen in the future.'
If you recognize a porch thief contact authorities. Remember think security when shipping and receiving this holiday season.